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Presto weighs up future - again

Laine Clark 08/05/2011 06:51:52 PM Comments (0)

Not even the prospect of postponing his NRL retirement to play alongside Jamal Idris could cheer up Gold Coast Titans veteran Preston Campbell on Sunday.

"Not after days like this," Campbell said after the Titans' 34-14 loss to the New Zealand Warriors at Skilled Park.

He insists he has not made a final decision on whether he will play one more year, so he can link with new recruit Idris, who begins a lucrative five-season deal from 2012.

Campbell, 33, said it was too early to call.

"I said this time last year that I was retiring and here we are again - we will have to wait and see what happens."

He might not have too much soul searching to do if he repeats another performance like Sunday's effort.

The veteran was the first to admonish himself after three crucial errors led to Warriors' tries, as the visitors bounced back from an early 8-6 deficit.

"It was one of my not-so-memorable games," a forlorn Campbell said.

"It would be easy to apologise to the boys but sometimes it doesn't feel right to apologise.

"All I can do to make it up is come back from it, try and put a better effort in.

"It's disappointing because I am seen as a leader in the team.

"I am the one who is supposed to settle the boys, give the boys confidence.

"They expect better from me and I expect better from myself."

Campbell - 34 next month - looked like he might have a good day when his perfect cut-out pass set up winger David Mead's second try and an 8-6 lead in the 14th minute.

Then it went pear-shaped.

He spilt a James Maloney kick that gifted Simon Mannering's 24th-minute try.

Eight minutes later, he dropped another kick but appeared to tackle Warriors backrower Elijah Taylor with Titans teammate Esi Tonga close to their line - only for referee Jared Maxwell to call "play on".

Markers Campbell and Tonga looked in disbelief at Maxwell as Taylor simply got off the ground and scored.

The final entry on Campbell's blooper tape came in the 60th minute when his attempted short line drop-out backfired and led to a Maloney try.

"Our mistakes cost us. You can't afford to do that," Campbell said.

"I dropped one ball, that's okay - when you drop two, you start to feel really bad.

"Obviously, you can't let it get to you but, when you make a third one, it is hard to get out of that rut."

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