nib Newcastle Knights winger Ken Sio has been practicing his aerial leaps as he gets set for the challenge of playing opposite the Melbourne Storm’s high flyer Suliasi Vunivalu this Saturday.

“We practice it every week but I’ll have to practice it extra hard this week and see how we go,” smiled Sio.

“He is good in the air because he's tall and big.

“He has that Fijian gene in him where he’s big, strong and fast and I think you’ve just got to do your best and give it 100 per cent.

“He has been killing it the last two seasons and that’s a big challenge for me to go up against him.”

Sitting comfortably at the top of the ladder, the Knights winger admits they’ll have to be at their best to combat the Storm’s intimidating outfit.

“Melbourne is one of the best teams in the comp,” stated Sio.

“We trained well the last two days and everyone is pretty much bouncing around the camp.

“We are not worried about the Storm, we are worried about us and our performance this week and improving each week.

“That is what we’ve done the last three weeks, just worrying about us and how we perform.”

Back at home this week, Sio is looking forward to the home crowd support which can give the Knights that extra push across the line.

“Our fans have always been our strength and we always want to repay them with the wins,” he said.

“This week we get the chance to do it again and repay their faith.”

Three grades are in action at McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday. NYC kick-off at 10.45am before Reserve Grade at 12.40pm and NRL at 3pm.