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NRL veteran Presto just wants to have fun

Jim Morton 10/08/2011 05:43:28 PM Comments (0)

It's rarely a night of frivolity against Melbourne but Preston Campbell plans to celebrate his Gold Coast century with a bit of fun.

The 34-year-old veteran will fill Scott Prince's big shoes at halfback at Skilled Park on Saturday night in what will be his 100th NRL match for a Gold Coast club.

While it's a battle between first and last, Campbell - to retire at season's end - said the Titans could pull off a major upset over the Storm by simply enjoying themselves.

"It's the last four games of the season so I just think we should go out there and enjoy it," he told reporters.

"That's the best way we play our football. We beat teams playing like that so I'm just going to try and bring a bit of fun into it.

"You're a long time retired from rugby league so I'm definitely going to go out and have a bit of fun."

A key member of Penrith's 2003 premiership team, Campbell made his debut on the Coast for the now-defunct Chargers in 1997 and has signed off in a 260-game career with five seasons at the Titans.

"Even though I've gone full circle, not many blokes can say they've started and finished at the same club," he said.

"I know they were the Chargers back then but they were still the Gold Coast.

"So it is great to be back here and to play 100 games for them - I've never played 100 games for any team - so that's pretty special for myself."

With Prince (broken arm) out for the rest of the season, Campbell returns to the No.7 jersey he wore with distinction for Cronulla more than a decade ago.

As coach John Cartwright pointed out, the Titans do have a fine record against the Storm with Campbell playing at halfback.

He inspired Gold Coast to an 18-6 win over the Storm in Melbourne in 2009, as well as a 20-16 victory at Skilled Park last year.

"He's been a cornerstone of our side and our club," Cartwright said.

"He's loved by everyone, especially us, and with four games we want to send him out a winner as much as we possibly can."

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