After starting his opening 13 games in purple to begin 2022, Round 15 saw Josh King moved to the interchange bench for the first time this season where he came on to great effect.
Injuries and illness provided a rocky road for the Storm forward to begin the season but what it also brought about was an opportunity for King, who grasped it with both hands to make an impact in his first season in Melbourne.
Now with a full-strength forward line-up boasting names such as the Bromwich brothers, Harry Grant, Brandon Smith, Felise Kaufusi, Tui Kamikamica and Nelson-Asofa Solomona, King’s move to the bench has seen him adopt a different role, but one he is embracing.
“It was different, but it was also good for me to come on when everyone else is a bit more tired,” the prop said.
King: 'I've been enjoying playing big minutes'
“I really enjoy starting and I've been enjoying playing big minutes, but at the same time, we do have a lot of quality forwards and that so whatever the team needs me to play I'm happy to fill.”
“I'll play whatever role the team and Craig needs me to play.”
Earning the title of the Club’s highest tackler in 2022, with 442 in the bank, King explained how last weekend’s Representative Round bye came at a good time, providing some reprieve from a gruelling workload.
“The last couple of games before they bye you sort of starting to feel it in your legs a bit more” King shared.
“I'm not really used to playing that many minutes and I'm just trying to adapt and work out what my body needs and how to recover each week so I can go again. So yeah, it was good to get a little rest.”