Campbell had a breakout season with Port Adelaide in 2013 after acquiring a trade from Sydney. He played 12 games as a rebounding defender who showed his ability to shut down his opponent and hurt the opposition going the other way.
Campbell was taken by Sydney with pick 61 in the 2008 National Draft. Since that time Campbell has been very unfortunate with injuries requiring two knee reconstructions in his time at the Swans.
Campbell got a taste of senior football with the Swans in 2010 playing 2 games against Fremantle and Hawthorn.
When he injured his knee early in 2011 Campbell underwent LARS surgery which saw him return to play some solid football in the reserves towards the end of the 2011 season.
Campbell had an excellent 2012 season with Sydney in the Reserves playing 21 games across the half back line.
His form was not lost on Port Adelaide recruiters and Campbell has been given an opportunity to continue his AFL career with Port Adelaide in 2013.
Building from the momentum gained from playing senior football in 2013, expect to see Campbell continue to develop into a permanent member of the Port Adelaide team for years to come.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played for Lindenhow Football Club early days and then moved to Maffra. I played for the Gippsland Power in the Under 15′s, 16′s and 18′s.
The highlight for me was winning the premiership with Maffra in a year where we went undefeated.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Matthew Scarlett. Being a defender I really liked the way he played footy. He always beat the top forwards but was also able to be used as an attacking option.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was at a mates house watching it on the internet. I was actually just watching to see where my mate Nick Heyne was going to be drafted because I really wasn’t expecting to be drafted at all.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Definitely playing my first game against Fremantle at the SCG in 2010.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: I really like the NBA and I follow the Oklahoma City Thunder. I also like going surfing, playing golf and playing a bit of poker with the boys.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I’d be at University studying construction management.