23/04/2024

Jayden Campbell scoring one of his two tries on the weekend. Photo: titans.com.au

Jayden Campbell is ready for the biggest test of his fledgling career as he prepares to go head to head with James Tedesco in his first final

Young Gold Coast Titans fullback Jayden Campbell is ready to lead his team to some long-awaited finals success as he prepares to take on the Sydney Roosters in an Elimination Final on Saturday evening.

The young fullback has only played six games of first grade in his first season at the club but has been thrust into the number one jersey after AJ Brimson was ruled out for the season with a fractured jaw.

Campbell played his best game of his fledgling career to get the Titans into the third finals series in their history.

He crossed the line for a double, ran for 255 metres, had two line-breaks, and had one try assist in their 44-0 drubbing of the Warriors.

Campbell said he couldn’t believe he was already in this situation, just one year into his career.

“I’m still on a high,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I was just saying to mum and dad the other day, it’s crazy how things can take off.

“I’ve only played six games and I’m already playing in my first finals series, so I’m pretty excited.”

The son of 267 game champion Preston Campbell, Jayden said his dad had given him some simple advice in the lead up to his first finals appearance.

“The old boy doesn’t say too much,” he said.

“I just asked him how he was before his first finals game and he was just said he was nervous, but he was saying just go out there and enjoy your footy.”

The assignment doesn’t get much tougher for Campbell, coming up against one of the premier fullbacks in the league, James Tedesco.

Despite the challenge ahead Campbell is looking forward to taking Tedesco on.

“It’s really exciting,” he said.

“Teddy is one of the players I watch a lot, just because he is such a great player in the same position as me and he’s probably best in the position at the moment.

“I’m just really excited to come up against him.”

More NRL News

2021 Season Review: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – Dog’s Breakfast

Fotuaika locked in for the now and the future with the Titans

Anthony Don leaves a legacy of perseverance at the Titans

Many have written off the Titans as genuine premiership threat this season having left their run at the finals to the last game.

However, Campbell believes that they could scare a few teams and make a run deep into September.

“I feel like there are a few teams that are in the eight that were worried about us coming into the eight,” he said.

“Not just myself but the whole team as a collective are good rugby league players, and we can play a freelance style of footy, hopefully that worries a few teams and we can make it deep into the finals.”

Having only played in three finals series since their inception in 2007, Campbell has felt the support of the Gold Coast community since winning their way into the finals.

“On my socials I’m getting a lot of messages from people around the area telling me how excited they are for all of us and how much it means to them,” he said.

“That means a lot and I’m just glad we can make it a really good occasion for the community.”

Subscribe to our newsletter!

About Author

Leave a Reply