Campbell to play 250th game
START with a 73kg, 167cm frame, mix in plenty of talent and a lot of heart, throw in exciting indigenous flavour and the trademark headgear and hey presto, you’ve got a 250-game little legend.
Gold Coast Titans crowd favourite Preston Campbell will celebrate that milestone this weekend when the club tackles the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
The excitement machine was yesterday named on the bench in coach John Cartwright’s 18-man squad for the round two showdown and when he’s introduced to the game will cap a remarkable 14-year career.
While many players of Campbell’s stature fail to make the cut, the 33-year-old pocket rocket has continued to prove his toughness week in week out and Cartwright couldn’t heap enough praise upon his new super sub.
“When you consider what a big deal it is for guys to make their debut, to play your 250th game at that level is a huge achievement,” Cartwright said.
“Especially for Presto as we all know he’s not the biggest guy in the world and there’s not many guys his size that actually play the game.”
“He not only means a lot to the players but also to the football staff and the club staff in general. He’s only too willing to lend a hand with anything to do with the club.
“He’s a great role model for not only our players but anyone that plays the game.”
Awarded the Dally M Medal in 2001 for being voted NRL player of the year while with Cronulla, Campbell went on to win a premiership with Penrith in 2003 and proudly represented his people as the inaugural captain of the Indigenous All Stars in 2010.
The Tingha product has also achieved just as much off the field having received the NRL’s Ken Stephen Medal as well as the Titans’ Clubman of the Year award for his tireless work in the community.