Team of the Half Century: Preston Campbell
One of the true livewires to pull on the Sharks colours, Preston Campbell has been nominated at both Fullback and Halfback in our Team of the Half Century.
Preston Campbell arrived at the Cronulla Sharks in 1999 after debuting for the Gold Coast Chargers the previous season.
After two years of biding his time in the lower grades at the Club, an unfortunate injury to regular fullback David Peachey saw Campbell given his shot in the top grade.
It was an opportunity Campbell took with open arms and electrifying feet!
His lethal footwork and blinding speed made him a handful for oppositions across the NRL and upon the return of Peachey from injury forced then-head coach John Lang to keep him in his side.
From here, Campbell partnered with Adam Dykes in the halves and formed a lethal partnership with the crafty halfback leading the Sharks deep into the 2001 NRL Finals Series.
2001 turned out to be a memorable year for Campbell off the field also as he was crowned the top award in the NRL, receiving the Dally M Medal.
In 2002, Campbell floated between positions, struggling to cement a positon in first grade under new coach Chris Anderson.
He eventually left to join the Penrith Panthers in 2002, featuring for the Sharks on 54 occasions and crossing for a tot-al of 24 tries.