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When it comes to toughness, it's hard to go past Knights enforcer Jeremy Smith. 

In a stellar career spanning just over a decade, Smith has built a reputation as one of the grittiest players in the NRL competition.

It's a resolve that's been on display in spades this season with the Kiwi forward playing the first seven weeks of the year with a knee injury.

Smith finally succumbed to the injury three weeks ago, but after rest and rehabilitation he is ready to rip in next Sunday against the Warriors in New Zealand.

"I’ve had a fair bit of time off now with some recovery and light training, so I’m raring to go," Smith tells Knights TV.

"Now with the week off I get a chance to get a bit of conditioning under my belt and get ready for the Warriors.

"I probably won’t know how the knee goes until I’ve had a decent run on it, but other than that it’s feeling great."

Smith is first to admit he struggles watching matches from the sideline. 

This was certainly the case last Monday night against Manly at Brookvale Oval, a game the Knights led 14-4 with just 14 minutes remaining before the Sea Eagles surged home. 

"Oh mate, it’s that frustrating," he admits.

"I’m the worst spectator.

"I’d rather be out there getting involved, rather than sitting on the sideline and not being able to do anything about it. 

"I get my chance next week against the Warriors, so I’ll be pumped and ready."

Smith says next Sunday's clash against the Warriors is a huge match in the context of the Club's season. 

With just two wins from their opening 10 matches, the former Dragon and Storm forward knows his side must start winning.  

"I think every game we play from here on in is going to be a massive game for us," he says.

"We’ve just got to really step up and deal it to the Warriors and try and find some form and get our season back on track.

"I think it’s a bit of execution and not panicking. There are always times in games when things get tough and you start second guessing your plays.

"But I’m confident in what we are doing and if we keep doing it well then wins are just around the corner."

On top of a fight for form, the Knights have also battled a number of off-field issues.

Smith concedes this has been difficult, but in true spirit he has vowed to fight on. 

"It’s definitely been a hard year, but what knocks us down we are only going to get back up and come back stronger," he insists.

"The belief is good and everyone is pretty positive around the joint.

"They are just itching to work well and do well for each other.

"Once we get that back on track, anything is possible.”