Danny Levi wants to play 80 minutes.

He also wants to make the No.9 jersey his own.

While it's come at the expense of a season-ending injury to Slade Griffin, Levi is now the starting hooker for the nib Newcastle Knights.

"That's the plan," he said of playing 80.

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"It's not the way I wanted to get 80 minutes out but I'm up for the opportunity and keen for it."

While he's averaging 45 minutes this season, the 22-year-old is confident he has the motor to produce more.

When quizzed about his fitness, the New Zealand born rake has backed himself.

"I feel like I'm pretty good," he said.


"Obviously I haven't been getting too many minutes, but I've been doing extra training and all of that sort of stuff.

"So, I feel pretty good with myself and I'm confident I can pump out the 80."

While Levi has only made nine appearances in the top grade this season, he's taken the challenges that 2018 has presented all in his strides.

Starting in Friday's game against Parramatta at McDonald Jones Stadium, Levi is determined to send a message that he is a starter.

"I feel I've got a point to prove and I'm going to do my best," he said.

"I want to make sure I hold that jersey."

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