King: A good platform for the year

Parramatta Eels hooker Cameron King caught up with Channel 9 ahead of the upcoming Round Two clash against the St. George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Sunday 12 March.

King, who was named in last week’s Blue & Gold extended squad was not in Brad Arthur’s final line up to take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles but the hooker featured strongly for the Wentworthville Magpies in their respective season opener.

King has again been named in the Eels extended line-up to take on the Dragons in Round Two, and if given the opportunity, will be looking to take it with both hands.

The last few years has seen injury plague his career, however plenty of time on the paddock in 2016 and a strong pre-season has given him plenty of confidence heading into the year.

“I played a lot of footy last year, which was good for my confidence coming into this year,” King said.

“I had a good pre-season and I’m just looking forward to having another good year.”

“If I get a shot in the NRL I’ll take it with both hands.”

King says the side will take plenty of confidence heading into Round Two. 

“It was good from the boys. It is a good start to the year, a lot of things to work on obviously being the first game, but to work hard over the off season and get a win in Round One, we will take that,” King said reflecting on the Round One victory.

“All our effort things that we train for were really good.” He added.

“Our execution will come as the season goes with new combinations and things like that but the areas that we pride ourselves on were really good and that’s a good platform for the year.”

One of those new combinations is the halves pairing of Corey Norman and Clint Gutherson.

King says the combination will only improve as the season progresses.

“Corey and Gutho have worked really hard in the off-season and like anything it will take time,” King said.

“But I thought they were really good and will get better every week training and playing together.”

“Corey thrives on taking control of this team. He is on our field leader and the boys really respond to him and everything he says makes sense.” He added.

“He is really good at being able to control the game, and he has shown that, so with Gutho there that will take some time, but it’s a good start for the year.”

The Eels kick off against the St. George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Sunday 12 March, kick off at 6:30pm.