Campbell wants to be an underdog

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Former Sheffield Steelers forward Derek Campbell is excited by “a different challenge” with Hull Stingrays this season.

The 31-year-old Ontario native has been an Elite League title winner with Coventry Blaze and Steelers in the past two seasons.

Now Campbell, who has also iced for Manchester Phoenix and Newcastle Vipers during his five years in Britain, wants to help Stingrays compete in the upper echelons of the league.

He said: “I really started to take notice of the Stingrays last season. They always came to play against us. They beat us in Sheffield and almost cost us the championship.

“With the guys we have we want to be able to compete every night. We don’t want to compete just to not get embarrassed. We want to compete with the top spots.

“I am not here to finish sixth or seventh and collect my pay cheque. This is a different challenge for me and when you are the underdog, sometimes it is better.

“At my age you need different challenges and this is a great challenge. The guys here last year really put on a clinic for their city and their fans, they were very impressive and got a lot of respect from the league.

“They competed and [player-coach Sylvain] Cloutier is a competitor – he is probably the best competitor in the league. That is what he wants from the guys every night and I am confident the guys will do that.”