“I can’t ever see myself playing for another club, and I’d like to think that my ‘lay it all out on the table attitude” is appreciated.”
With over a 100 appearances in the black and amber jersey under his belt, he is one of the most experienced men at Esher – and everyone at the Club is delighted that James Campbell has signed on for a seventh season.
From the moment he made his debut in 2007, in a 25-16 home defeat to Plymouth Albion, the irrepressible hooker has become a real firm favourite, and continues to remain one of the most popular players at Molesey Road.
An experienced Championship performer, Campbell added plenty of experience to an already very strong scrummaging unit, which was one of the most dominant in National One last term.
With the emergence of Neil Sweeney, and also youngster Simon Edwards, Campbell has had to share duties in the middle of the front row, but in amongst eight starts and eight replacement appearances, there was one very significant run out, away at Macclesfield in early April.
The visiting side’s 62-12 win stole the headlines, but the clash at Priory Park marked Campbell’s century of appearances for a club he initially joined as a fresh-faced youngster and, for him, set to be the final stop in a distinguished senior playing career.
Having enjoyed stints at London Welsh and Wasps, Campbell has tasted life at the top level – but there’s nowhere he’d rather be in the here and now.
“I’m a local lad and following in my father’s footsteps, so it’s clear why this rugby club is in my blood, and I’ll be here until the body tells me it’s time to stop,” commented Campbell.
“To get to the 100-game milestone was pretty special, and I want to share more top days with the current set of players, management and supporters.
“My mind and body are as sharp as they’ve ever been, and my ambition is still to play in the Championship.
“I firmly believe we have the set-up in place to achieve our goals and I’ll be giving it absolutely everything this coming season to deliver on the aim of promotion. With the boys all chasing that target of a place in the Championship, I can guarantee our supporters they will be watching a side that will not lack in effort.”