Noble’s inside knowledge has Lions wary

Brisbane Lions star Charlie Cameron is wary of a David Noble-inspired Kangaroos ambush in Hobart on Saturday.

Ladder positions suggest that the fourth-placed Lions should cruise to victory over the AFL cellar dwellers at Blundstone Arena.

But with North Melbourne coach Noble’s intimate knowledge of the Lions thanks to a four-year spell as Brisbane’s general manager of football that only ended last November, Cameron is cautious of an upset.

“I think he’ll have a few tricks up his sleeve,” Cameron said.

“He knows our game plan so we’ve got to be ready to go.”

Noble was instrumental in bringing Cameron to the Lions from the Adelaide Crows at the end of the 2017 season.

“He got me here and had a big part in my role getting me to the level I’m at,” Cameron said.

“We were pretty close and I had a lot to do with him on-field and off-field as well.

“I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for me.

“I’m excited and hopefully he has a good day, but hopefully we get the win.”

Chris Fagan (left) and David Noble will go head-to-head on Saturday. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Cameron is yet to taste success at Blundstone Arena, where the wind can cause havoc.

“We know it’s going to be a tough match up down there and it’s going to be windy at Blundstone, so who knows what’s going to happen, but we’re excited for the challenge,” he said.

“It’s a tricky ground to play. It’ll be the team that adjusts to the conditions quickest (that will win).”

Cameron said the Lions were keen to deliver Brisbane mentor Chris Fagan a win in his 100th match as an AFL coach.

“What he’s done for this footy club has been huge,” the Lions forward said of Fagan.

“He’s looking for his 50th win … so hopefully we can get the win for him.”

The Lions have made two changes to the side that lost to Melbourne. Rhys Mathieson replaces suspended skipper Dayne Zorko, while James Madden comes in for the injured Ryan Lester (hamstring).

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