"I'm always pretty high intensity"

In 2018, Mitch Barnett was a starting 13 player.

He began the season in lock before making the move to the backrow and missed just one game due to suspension.

But this season he’s had to make a few adjustments.

Now, with the addition of new recruits Tim Glasby, David Klemmer and James Gavet in the forward pack, the Knights workhorse looks set to play his role coming off the bench.

It’s a change he’ll have to get used to.

“I haven’t started from the bench too often,” said Barnett.

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 “I usually hype myself up for kick-off so I’ve had to sort of tone it down in warm ups.

“It’s definitely a bit different, I’d prefer to be starting, but for the side if it’s my best spot in the team, I’m happy to play there and I want to continue to do well.”

The Knights forward believes players like Klemmer and Gavet do a solid job of laying down the platform for impact players coming on.

“Us benchies just try to come on and bring a bit of impact, a bit more leg speed,” he added.

Barnett admits he has no trouble bringing the intensity when it’s time to run on.

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“I’m pretty easy to pump up, I’m always pretty high intensity,” he laughed.

“I just go for a trot and hit the bag a couple of times, that’s enough for me, I just love getting out there and playing footy so that pumps me up.”