“He’s a lot taller, he’s very lean,” Preston said of his son.
“He’s a different rugby league player, definitely a lot smarter than me. He’s got a passing game, played a lot of touch footy. Where I relied a lot on my agility and feet and speed off the mark, he has to rely on his passing because he’s got those longer legs, he’s probably not as quick.
“He’s got the attitude, it’s just a matter of things going his way, touch wood.
“All you can say to any young fella is to keep up the attitude, you just never know when the opportunity comes, you need to be ready.”
Holbrook has fielded a mix of promising youngsters and established NRL players including Jarrod Wallace, Shannon Boyd, Dale Copley, Kallum Watkins and Brian Kelly for the trial. While Jayden Campbell won’t start the year in first grade, the hitout against Burleigh is an opportunity to give local fans a glimpse into the club’s future.
“He started the preseason with them and he’s come a long way,” Preston said.
“He gets an insight into what it means to be a professional athlete.
“He’s enjoyed it, he’s taken it on and grown around professionalism, he looks after his body a little bit more.
“He enjoys it and appreciates the opportunity. He’s always had dreams of being a rugby league player. He’s on the right track at the moment.
“He has obviously been training alongside Ryan James and I think he might be the first bloke, if he makes it to NRL, to play alongside the father and son.
“I don’t think it’s been done before in the NRL. Let’s hope Ryno gets back onto the field.”
Campbell still lives at home – “He’s a bit of a mummy’s boy” quipped former Dally M medallist Preston – and the pair have played together for local side Helensvale Hornets.
“That’s his junior club, we had a couple of runs there two years ago when he was old enough to play seniors,” Preston said.
“He’d been into me for a couple of years (saying) ‘Dad, (can we (play together) when I’m older?’
“I wasn’t going to do it but I’m glad I did, it was a good feeling.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.