Knights duo join Blues training in bid to hit Origin level

One has been earmarked as a future representative player by NRL Immortal Andrew Johns and the other made their representative debut in October for the Prime Minister's XIII.

Rising nib Newcastle Knights duo Daniel Saifiti and Jesse Ramien attended Brad Fittler's Emerging Blues camp on Thursday along with 21 other State of Origin hopefuls.

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The camp is an opportunity for players to immerse themselves into the Origin culture and a chance to impress Fittler and his coaching staff.



For Saifiti, it was his second time being part of the camp and he took a lot out of the experience.

"It was more of an intro of what you have to bring as a player and what you can take back to Club level to get to that level of playing Origin footy," Saifiti said.

"They showed us some clips on what not to do in Club footy and Origin.

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"I'm not going to lie, I could probably see a couple of things there I had in my game last year and something I need to improve on there."

Saifiti had a breakout year in 2018 which saw Club legend Johns label the 22-year-old as a future Kangaroo.



But Saifiti isn't getting ahead of himself.

The prop admits he's still a while away from being considered for Origin football.



"I'm more of a realest. To play Origin footy, you need to play two consistent seasons or three, to be a top level performer, week in, week out consistent. I haven't done that yet," Saifiti said.

"To be in the 17, I think its still a few years away.



"Just work on my craft and hopefully down the track."

With the inclusion of Origin forwards Tim Glasby and David Klemmer to the Club, Saifiti said he's been a sponge this pre-season.

"Klem (David Klemmer) and Glasby have come in, not only are they good football player but they're good guys to, so they've taken guys like me, Jacob (Saifiti), Kingy (Josh King) under their wings," he said.

"Klem has been big on me, have more confidence on myself and know what I can bring to the table.
"I think last year I lost some of that confidence and he could tell just looking from the outside looking in and he said I'm a big body, usually one of the biggest on the field so he said just know that and run hard."