Preston Campbell
Poised for another season

Crowd favourite Preston Campbell is poised to re-sign with the Gold Coast Titans after being won over by the prospect of forming the club’s own indigenous “dream team” with star recruit Jamal Idris.

Campbell’s manager Alan Gainey will fly to the Gold Coast for Saturday night’s clash with the 33-year-old’s former club Penrith on a double mission.

Gainey needs to sign off on veteran prop Luke Bailey’s contract extension and look to complete a deal for Campbell for 2012 after the former premiership winner realised he still has the urge to test himself against the best in the world in the National Rugby League.

Titans boss Michael Searle says he has left enough under the salary cap for the club’s foundation player and, while he will be 34 next week, Campbell appears set to shelve retirement plans.

“At this stage he’s ready to go around again and he wants to,” a source close to the former Dally M winner said.

“The idea of playing with Jamal really appeals to Preston. It’s something he wants to do.”

A clean-out of players at the Titans will give the club a new look in 2012.

The recruitment of Idris from the Bulldogs will see him become the face of the Titans as the club looks to gain an edge over AFL’s Suns in the battle for Gold Coast sports fans.

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Idris will be joined by Melbourne’s Beau Champion and Rooster Nate Myles and club boss Searle sees Campbell as the perfect man to guide the Titans’ new wave, on and off the field.

Read more at the Gold Coast Bulletin