One of the Gold Coast Titans favourite sons has decided to play on, with inaugural signing Preston Campbell today agreeing to sign a one-year contract extension for next season.
In a significant boost for the club, the recently turned 34-year-old has decided to extend his illustrious playing career for one more year as he assists the club through a transitional phase heading into season 2012.
Having weighed up his future over the past two years, Campbell said the chance to play alongside some of the club’s new recruits such as Jamal Idris was a significant part of his decision to continue playing on.
“The main reason is I’m feeling really good at the moment. The way we’re going as a team isn’t that great but hopefully we can finish on this season on a good note,’’ said Campbell, who has played 257 NRL matches and won a premiership, Dally M Medal, Paul Broughton Medal and Ken Stephen Medal during his glittering 14-year career.
“We’ve got a bit of a changing team and there will be some fresh faces here next year so I’m really excited to play alongside those boys.
“I’m also happy to continue helping the club with its work in the community and through programs like the Learn Earn Legend initiative for indigenous students.’’
Having made Campbell’s signature a priority before the birth of the Titans in 2007, Titans Managing Director Michael Searle said the club was excited to have such a great role model on board for another season.
“Preston has been an integral part of what we’ve been able to build here on and off the field so for him to be playing on as the club embarks on a new era is fantastic,’’ said Searle.
“He’s still playing some great football and contributing to the club in so many different ways.’’
Titans Coach John Cartwright said Campbell’s calming influence continued to have a great impact on the team.
“It just makes you feel better knowing that Preston is going to be involved next year,’’ said Cartwright.
“He has such a great influence on his teammates and I’m really happy that he’s decided to go around again.’’