HOW quickly times have changed for Charlie Cameron.
Just seven years ago, the electric Brisbane small forward had barely played Australian Rules and "wasn't that good" a kick.
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On Sunday against Port Adelaide, Cameron will run out for his 100th AFL game as one of the most exciting players in the country.
Charlie Cameron has already matched his season-best tally of 29 goals this year. Picture: AFL Photos
"I've loved it, 73 (games) at Adelaide and 27 at the Lions. It's been an enjoyable 100 games and hopefully there's a few hundred after this," Cameron told AFL.com.au.
The lightning-quick 25-year-old was born in Mt Isa, in Queensland's north-west, and despite dabbling in Australian Rules once attending Brisbane's Marist College, his true love as a teenager was with rugby league and rugby union.
However, upon finishing school, Cameron moved with his family to Newman in Western Australia's Pilbara region and in less than two years was on an AFL list.
Playing in Newman, he was spotted by Swan Districts, and after some time in the WAFL, was selected by Adelaide in the 2013 NAB AFL Rookie Draft with the seventh pick.
"I guess I improved a bit quicker than others," he said.
"I had skills with tackling and my speed really helped me.
"I wasn't that good a kick coming through the ranks, and at Adelaide I wasn't that good and had to put time into it.
"The more confidence you get the more belief you get. I worked hard to get better."
I guess I improved a bit quicker than others ... I had skills with tackling and my speed really helped me - Charlie Cameron
Cameron was all praise for the Crows, saying a hard road to a regular senior spot made him a better player.
He said learning from Eddie Betts, Jared Petrenko, Jason Porplyzia and Ian Callinan was a great grounding.
"If you go through a good system and get developed it helps you, and at Adelaide we had a good forward line that helped me and boosted my development a lot quicker than others."
And now Brisbane is bearing the fruit.
Cameron is in All Australian consideration with an equal career-high 29 goals for the season, mixed with his manic closing speed that spooks opposition defenders.
If Cameron has improved this much in seven years, it's scary to think what lies in store for the next seven.