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Helensvale homecoming reaffirms Campbell is going nowhere

Jayden Campbell loves every opportunity he can to get back down to his junior club.

Returning home to the Helensvale Hornets on Tuesday as part of the Macca's Local Ambassador visits, the moment the Gold Coast fullback walked through the gates, he was mobbed by eager juniors who idolise the young gun, who grew up playing all his footy at Robert Dalley Park.

Outside of relishing the opportunity to catch up with passionate Titans fans, the 22-year-old loves the chance to walk back into the Hornets clubhouse and see all the memorabilia hanging up on the wall... which includes a photo of himself from when he was 18, winning the Gold Coast Rugby League Under 19 player of the year award - along with a number of other former teammates.

"I love coming back," he said, speaking to 9 News Gold Coast.

"Being able to see all my mates on the wall... for myself, growing up around this club playing from Under 6s, it's great because this club is everything to me.

"It made me love rugby league and made me love playing rugby league with my mates.

"Playing with my friends growing up, was a big part for me."

It's just another reason why Titans fans can be rest assured the son of a gun is going nowhere, shutting down recent media reports the No. 1 could be on the move.

"I'm staying here," Campbell said.

"The media and all that say other things, but they're gammon'.

"I want to stay at the Titans. I haven't said that I wanted to leave or anything, so I don't know where that chat is coming from.

"I live 10 minutes up and right from here, live 10 minutes away from Parkwood.

"Everything's just so close and growing up here, my mates are still here and most of my family are, so I want to stay here."

His junior club also had a special connection in Campbell's cameo with the headache in last Friday night's clash against the Storm - something that may become a regular with the speedy back in weeks to come.

"Growing up, I always wore headgear, but the headgears that I used to wear don't get manufactured anymore," Campbell shared.

"I was lucky because Wayne, the club president here, he had special headgear from when my old man was supposed to wear it for the All Stars and gave it to me.

"When I was younger, my mum said I wasn't allowed to play footy unless I wore headgear, so I thought I'd bring it back and I decided to wear it on the weekend."

Although, his dad Preston had no idea his son was set to run out in the famous headgear he used to be an icon wearing.

"Wayne said I was supposed to give it to him, but I decided that I was keeping it for myself and I didn't end up telling him," Campbell shared.

He was down at the women's game [last Friday at Titans HQ] and didn't see me play live.

"Later he asked me how my game went and then we watched it back later on and he saw I wore the headgear and asked... 'where did you get that from?'

"I was like... 'nah, I can't tell you'."

Luckily, his father was happy to see his son donning the iconic headgear for the Titans once again.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.