Riley relishing NPL challenge

 

Riley Campbell, centre, with technical director Adam Piddick, left and head coach Dave Harris.


Campbell keen to "give it a crack"

 

RILEY Campbell has found gold – the gold of Moreton Bay United that is.


The 22-year-old striker has stepped up to the PlayStation4 NPL Queensland after a superb season with Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE).


Campbell was the top scorer with 13 goals in 20 BPL games and won the Players’ Player, Golden Boot and President’s Valued Player awards.


That caught the eye of Moreton Bay United’s coaches: “(Jets’ technical director) Adam (Piddick) asked me what my plans were,” said Campbell.


“I said I was pretty keen to give the next step up a crack and he was keen to have me and show what I can do.”


Campbell has been used in a variety of positions by ACE, including full back since joining from Pine Rivers United in 2015, but said “From what I’ve heard so far, I’ll be used in the front third (by Jets).


“Playing up front you have to take as many chances as you can and set up goals. I hope I can help the team get up the table and in to the finals.


“I’m really keen to take this (challenge) on. The last few years have been pretty crazy, moving up two leagues now. But it’s been good and I just want to improve.”


Campbell hit the woodwork in Jets’ first pre-season match against Loganholme last month and will be looking to impress in Saturday’s match against Grange, at Wolter Park, kick-off 7.30pm.


“From what we’ve seen so far he’s really been mixing it with the lads and I think really looking forward to the challenge,” said Jets’ head coach Dave Harris.


“I think the pace of the game is something he’s probably not used to, but I think he will cope really well.


“Riley’s great at getting the ball and going forward. He has tremendous pace and getting in behind. He knows where the goal is as well.”