Gold Coast Titans fullback Preston Campbell has been passed fit in time for the team’s Friday night preliminary final clash with the Roosters.
Campbell’s return to the squad means his fill-in William Zillman will be benched, despite his star performance in recent weeks.
Michelle Thomas reports.
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He was the Titan’s second choice as fullback, but William Zillman made quite an impact while Preston Campbell was out with hamstring woes.
The twenty-four year old player, who debuted with the Gold Coast team last year, is now described as “Billy Slater-Like” after playing for the squad.
Campbell, who is tipped to retire at the end of the season despite have 12 months left on his contract, says Zillman is a top player who will go far.
Preston Campbell, Gold Coast Titans Fullback: “Yeah, he’s definitely going to be a representative player. He’s going to play for Queensland and Australia.”
But a humbled Zillman isn’t getting ahead of himself.
William Zillman, Gold Coast Titans Fullback Sub: “I think I’ve got a way to go yet.”
Having won 15 out of their 24 games this season, the Titans are tipped to beat the Roosters at Suncorp this week and, Centre Clinton Toopi says the team can’t wait for the highly anticipated kick-off.
Clinton Toopi, Gold Coast Titans Centre: “We’re just really looking forward to Friday night’s game. We’re fresh. And the boys are just raring to go.”
In Sydney, West Tigers’ forward Simon Dwyer has avoided a judiciary charge, after a high tackle on Canberra Raider’s player Joe Picker in the Tigers’ semi final win last week.
Dwyer insists there won’t be a repeat of his behaviour in this Saturday’s game against the Dragons, despite last week’s charge.
Simon Dwyer, West Tigers Forward: “Nah, there’s no one at the Dragons I don’t like. Just in the context of the game really.”
This week’s winners will advance to the Grand Final to play for the Premiership at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on October 3rd.
Michelle Thomas, QUT News.