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Bury fans will be the first to tell you that the future potential of Nathan Cameron was somewhat bleak in his first season with the club in 2013, but over 100 appearances later, Cameron has become one of the best defenders outside of the Championship.
Cameron came through the Coventry City academy and made around 50 appearances for the club over a three-year spell. At 6ft 2, the defender is a huge physical presence and can scare even the nastiest of league one strikers.
Cameron had a short stint at Nuneaton Town in 2010 as he played thirteen games, scoring one goal. The club were keen to re-sign the player, but Coventry had other plans for him. Over the next two years Cameron played sporadically for Coventry before leaving the club, again on loan. The defender also represented his country during this time playing once for England U20’s before traveling to the 2011 U20 World Cup.
The strong and powerful centre back joined the shakers in 2013 following a stint on loan at Northampton in which he saw his side get beat in the playoff final. His first season under former boss Kevin Blackwell didn’t start well. Cameron and his defensive partner William Edjenguélé did not perform as the club slipped down the table. The arrival of David Flitcroft would see a dramatic upturn in the player and the club’s fortunes.
Since then, Cameron has played over 100 games with Bury, he has gained one promotion and a handful of games as captain. Cameron has proved himself as a consistent and compact defender although his career has been slowed by injury over the last two seasons.
Cameron has missed the majority of the past two seasons through injury and has only recently been back within the first team squad. He featured in the final home game of the season for the final few minutes when manager Lee Clark brought him on as a makeshift striker.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Cameron’s height and size gives him the advantage over most strikers he comes up against. His powerful nature means he isn’t often beaten to a header or pushed off the ball.
Nathan is very quick to read the game and can often be seen intercepting play or quickly getting ahead of his opponent to clear his lines.
Cameron can play in a variety of different positions with the player being used as a striker, centre midfielder and centre defender while at Bury.
Cameron is a natural leader and has proved he can keep his team organised and compact during his time at Bury.
His biggest weakness is his injury record in recent seasons. Cameron has found regular football hard to maintain over the last two seasons because of injury. This could be the one thing that halts his career progress.
What They Say
David Flitcroft – Former Bury manager.
“He’s been outstanding this season, his performances have been immaculate. Nathan has earned this contract, it hasn’t just been given to him.”
Chris Brass. – Bury FC coach
“He’s a strong boy and he’s got pace but he’s added calm and composure to his game, and passability.”