King ready for ruck challenge
It is only the second time nib Newcastle Knights forward Josh King has played the Melbourne Storm, but he already knows just how good they’ll be come Saturday.
“You learn a lot,” said King.
“Their wrestle is just impeccable and it is something they obviously have focused on really well.
“We have done a few things this week and chucked in a couple of extra wrestle sessions to try and help us a bit but going into the game that is something we are aware of.
“It will be a good challenge for me, especially starting, so I am looking forward to it.”
King admits off the back of three wins in a row, it is no better time to play the ladder leaders.
“They are a fair bit above everyone else at the moment and it’s going to be a big challenge for this week,” explained King.
“We have been preparing pretty well this week and going in with a positive mindset.”
The young forward will be up against some big bodies on Saturday but maintains the Storm has strength across the field.
“Their two front rowers, (Jordan) Mclean and (Jesse) Bromwich, they take them forward really well and their wingers have been going really well,” added King.
“Coming in around the ruck, Billy Slater is a quick player and he pops up everywhere in plays.
“There are plenty of players to look out for and we have done our video on all of them but we’re just trying to focus on our own game.
“There are still plenty of things we need to work on in our own game and we’re just focusing on that at the moment.
“We have got a game plan going in and we’ll stick to that and hopefully execute it well.”
In team news, Jack Cogger and Brendan Elliot have dropped from the squad, with the final 17 named one hour before kick-off on Saturday.
Three grades are in action on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium, NYC kick-off at 10.45am before Reserve Grade at 12.40pm and NRL at 3pm.