With a number of fellow forwards set to miss Friday night's clash against the Brisbane Broncos, 23-year-old Korbin Sims is ready to step up.
The Newcastle Knights are without Kade Snowden due to suspension as well as other forwards Jack Stockwell, David Fa'alogo and Chris Houston due to injury. Jeremy Smith is also still recovering from a sternum injury and remains in doubt for a return.
"I am ready for that challenge, I am still try to work on my game and get a good balance in my game," Sims told the media on Tuesday morning.
"With Snowy unfortunately having to take the week off, and a couple of injuries I have to step up and lead the middle."
The young forward, who was in camp with the Queensland Maroons for Origin II, believes he is ready for the added responsibility.
"It is something that I want to do; I wouldn't be starting if I wasn't up to the challenge," he added.
"I am going to try and lead the boys around. If we can get a good go forward and let our backs finish off, then that is perfect."
The Gerringong junior has a good try scoring record against this week's opponent, scoring all three of his tries against the Brisbane Broncos.
"It is not a bad record and if I can get another one, that would be great!" he said.
Sims knows it won't be an easy task taking on the ladder leaders on their home turf this Friday night.
"Brisbane are a top side, they are in good form and we have our work cut out for us," he admitted.
The team will travel to Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.