Young prop forward Max King believes he's now graduated from NRL 'rookie' status and wants to ensure he leaves his mark on every NRL game he plays.
By his own admission King knows he debuted earlier than he may have expected but is now reaping the rewards as an NRL regular. The 21-year-old made 17 appearances in his debut year but has established himself as a regular in the Titans NRL side.
"It's been good that I've been able to build up my game time," King said. "I feel I'm a bit past just getting minutes and I really want to make my mark on games now."
The Maitland junior was rewarded with a contract extension last year but is happy he is now part of a 'strong' pack.
"We've got a strong pack and the squad is relatively healthy so that makes it strong competition wise.
"It's been pushing me to perform each and every week."
Known as the 'ham sandwich king' around training and the local media, King has done everything in his power to increase his frame and size.
"I think it's come with a bit of maturity (body wise). I feel stronger and am at 104kg so I think I'm carrying that well at the moment.
With coaching changes and a new playing style to learn, the prop has loved every minute of it.
"It's been good and I've learned a lot. There was a bit of moaning early on about the amount of contact and so on, but I can tell you for me personally, I've definitely benefited."
The Titans take on the Canberra Raiders on Saturday afternoon at GIO Saturday. Kick-off is at 3pm, live on FOX League.