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Extra kilos not a bad thing for Campbell

Jayden Campbell just smiles.  He's been asked this question right through his career to date and he knows it is coming.

In his first media appearance of the pre-season, the first thing that's asked - what are you weighing?

"At the start of the off-season I was weighing 76 kilos, but I've got up to 80 kilos at the moment," Campbell says with a grin.

"I'm looking to get to at least 83 before the season starts so hopefully I can get there."

He might be one of the lightest players in the NRL, but Campbell showed in his rookie season that he can match it with anyone in the competition.

With AJ Brimson moving to five-eighth, the 21-year-old will get first crack at the Titans fullback jersey in 2022.

This time last year Campbell was working towards an NRL debut, but now he knows he is guaranteed a place in the Titans starting side come round one.

"My mentality has changed a little bit (knowing that)," he said.

"That number one spot is mine at the moment so I just have to keep training hard and hopefully put in good performances so I can keep the spot because I'd like to stay there.

"It's good to know who has got the spots at the moment but at the same time you can't get too comfortable."

While working on his on-field combinations with Brimson and halfback Toby Sexton, Campbell says he has also had to up his game in the gym this year.

"My first two pre-seasons I sort of hid a little bit when it comes to the gym, but I can't really hide anymore," he laughs.

"I've got Justin (Holbrook) on my back and Hoops (Steve Hooper) our strength and conditioning coach and Klint (Hoare, head of high performance, so there is no hiding from the gym anymore, I'm getting in there and ripping in."

Campbell scored five tries across his seven games last season, winning the Titans rookie of the year trophy for his impressive performances.

He says while he's excited to take his game to another level this year, he also wants to keep learning.

"I don't want to get too comfortable, I've still got a lot to learn and I am doing that off fellas like AJ (Brimson) and Will Smith," he said.

"There is always room for improvement everywhere but my defence needs working on but ball playing as well.

"I feel like I'm naturally an instinctive player but obviously you've got to develop those other parts of the game and that is what I want to work on most this year."