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With a number of key injuries within the nib Newcastle Knights forward pack, hooker Danny Levi aims to step up.

The 21-year-old said his goal is to work on improving each week.

“I have still got a long way to go and our team has still got a long way to go,” said Levi.

“We have been losing by pretty close margins, apart from that Penrith game but it’s things we can control that are letting us down so we need to tidy that up and hopefully get some wins.”

The starting hooker admits it’s disappointing when they don’t capitalise on solid play.

“We get the ball in good positions and then we let ourselves down by dropping balls but it does really motivate us, we are in those games so if we cut those out we’ll be good,” explained Levi.

“It is a tough job stepping up but I feel like we’ve had enough experience to be able to play better.

“I have got to improve on some things, just like everyone else does but if we start to get those things working it will all click for us.

“We are getting close but we’re not happy with that, we want to win and individual things are letting us down.”

With Levi in the mix for possible Kiwi selection, the Knights forward says it’s business as usual for him.

“It is a bit of an honour to even be thrown around in it but at the moment my focus is still here trying to hold my spot,” Levi said.

“Trying to improve each week and trying to get some wins on the board because we definitely need some.”

Despite a win against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 2, Levi admits they’re not going to be an easy side to come up against.

“They are actually hitting some form at the moment, they’re going to be a lot tougher than last time,” he said.

“All the boys have had good training this week and I’m sure they’re really pumped up and excited to get out there.”