Brutal toll of drugs and brawls on Origin rejects


A miniature 20-year-old from Inverell, whose scorching velocity, slick expertise and large coronary heart made him a success with the followers, arrived on the Gold Coast Chargers forward of the 1998 season, during which he made his first-grade debut. It was three years later, in 2001, that the sensible Preston Campbell produced the perfect season of his 267-game profession, starring with the Sharks on his technique to profitable the Dally M Medal. Taking part in primarily at halfback alongside five-eighth Adam Dykes in 2001, Campbell snared 17 tries and bobbed up in lots of others. However NSW State of Origin selectors at all times questioned how Campbell, who measured in at simply 167 centimetres and 75 kilograms, would fare within the Origin cauldron. Due to this fact, he was ignored by the likes of Mark Hughes, Anthony Minichiello and Brett Stewart within the fullback race, and Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Trent Barrett, Brett Kimmorley and Shaun Timmins for a spot within the halves. Campbell performed with the Chargers, Sharks and Panthers, the place he gained a premiership in 2003, earlier than being unveiled as the primary signing of the Gold Coast Titans in 2005. His son, Jayden Campbell, made his NRL debut with the Titans this season.


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