Cameron content as Lions eye Giants in AFL

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A flirtation with the midfield was nice but Brisbane's Charlie Cameron admits the forward line is his true love as the Lions chase a seventh-straight AFL win on Saturday.

The small forward was used more around the middle of the ground to begin the season as injury forced coach Chris Fagan to tinker and experiment.

A 1-3 start was corrected since tall forward Daniel McStay's return in round four, which saw the new-look forward line featuring recruit Joe Daniher complete for the first time.

That allowed Cameron to roam closer to goal with the 26-year-old admitting a quick chat with Fagan instigated the change.

"In rounds one and two I played midfield, but felt tired and after having a chat with Fages we thought where my best footy was," he said.

"And that's in front of goals or a bit closer to goals.

"I enjoyed time in the middle but playing further forward has helped my game the last couple of weeks."

Brisbane (7-3) have managed to move into fourth despite in-season injuries to Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale, midfield weapon Jarrod Berry and experienced defenders Ryan Lester and Darcy Gardiner.

Eighth-place GWS (5-5) have also defied a swollen injury list headed by Toby Greene, Phil Davis, Jesse Hogan, and Stephen Coniglio to win three of their last four games.

A four-point loss to Richmond in a game they had all-but sealed is their only blemish of the last month.

The Giants were forced to negotiate another COVID-19 hurdle on Friday, denied permission to fly from Sydney to Brisbane because they had played Richmond in Victoria less than a fortnight ago.

Instead they will fly north on game day in time for the 2.10pm clash.

"We're playing a good side; a good midfield with structure and that's where the game's going to be won," Cameron said ahead of the Gabba clash.

"There's some inexperience in their backline, but we have to respect what they've done the last few weeks."

Teams will wear Indigenous guernseys for Sir Doug Nicholls round, the Lions' designed by triple-premiership hero Chris Johnson.

Johnson was the last active Fitzroy Lions player and has designed a guernsey that pays tribute to the Lions' Melbourne roots.

Growing up in remote Queensland's Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Cameron is confident the Lions have made great strides to "show they can care and respect" since arriving from the Adelaide Crows in late 2017.

"The jumper means a lot, representing my people and tribe up north and the others as well," he said.

"We're talking about more Indigenous issues and reflecting ... it's (Australian) Reconciliation Week and it's more than a word."

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