Preston happy with life
FORMER Titans fullback Preston Campbell admits it was an impulse decision when he announced his retirement from the NRL last season.
But the pint-sized 35-year-old doesn't regret the decision and looked happier than ever at the Lismore Workers Club yesterday afternoon.
"It was about 15 rounds in last year and once I came out with it, it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders," Campbell said.
"I was so happy for the last six weeks of the competition and when I finished.
"It is a bit sad to see the way the boys are going now though.
"They still have the right team on paper and we haven't been playing that bad, it's just a matter of getting the bounce of the ball or a call go our way.
"How happy I am now lets me know that I hung up the boots at the right time."
Campbell was in Lismore alongside former teammate Clinton Toopi yesterday as the pair held a Titans Beyond Tomorrow workshop.
The program aims to help indigenous Year 12 students prepare for employment and university in the six months after they finish high school.
Campbell hasn't ruled out the possibility of coaching in the future.
"Physically it wouldn't be hard to stand there and tell blokes what to do," he said.
"I just want to get this program going and help out anywhere I can in rugby league."
He said he was still adjusting to the nine-to-five grind in his post-NRL career.
"It's nine to six some days," Campbell said.
"It's different but you just need to have the right attitude and be passionate about what you do.
"I'm away from my family a fair bit and the travel is even worse than the NRL, but it comes with the territory."
Toopi said being a part of the program with Campbell and Dean Widders had been one of the most rewarding experiences for him off the field.
He and Widders now play for Cudgen in the Bycroft Cup competition on the Gold Coast and will represent the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League representative team at the Country Championships next month.
"It should be fun and hopefully we can bring a bit of experience," Toopi said.