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With just four NRL starts this season and a Players’ Player now under his belt, young forward Josh King is shaping up to be an intimidating force through the middle.

The 21-year-old had a shiner to show for some of the big hits he put on the Brisbane Broncos last week and will be looking to continue the battle again on Friday for the encounter with the Sydney Roosters.

“The battle in the middle will definitely start the game off for us and get us in the grind,” explained King.

“We have got our set plays that the coaches have come up with and we’re ready to execute.”

The Knights forward knows an 80-minute performance is crucial.

“If we can put in an 80-minute performance and play like we do in the first halves, I think we can give it a red-hot crack,” King stated.

“I think this week we are trying to stick to our own game plan.

“We have our own things that we need to worry about and things we need to work on.

“We have obviously had a look at their team but we’ll keep to our game plan.”

Kins admits they have a helpful insight into this week’s game thanks to former Rooster Shaun Kenny-Dowall who has been named in the side to make his debut for the Club.

“He has been really good this week, letting us knows the ins and outs of their plays so it’s been really handy,” added King.

Meanwhile King, who earned Players’ Player last week after he recorded 34 tackles in 50 minutes of play, is thankful for the accolade but is looking to develop his game further.

“It is good to get some recognition from your fellow players, I would have liked to get in a few more carries but it’s just something to work on for next time,” he said.

“It has been good getting the start and it’s a new challenge.

“There are a few things for me to work on, obviously every week there is new things to work on and things to develop, so I’m just taking it one week at a time and trying to get my game to a consistent level.”

The Knights travel down the M1 on Thursday for their clash with the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Friday, NYC kick-off at 3.45pm before NRL at 6pm.