Digital Image by Robb Cox © nrlphotos.com : Jason King : NRL Rugby League - Round 2 - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles V South Sydney Rabbitohs at Central Coast Stadium, Friday the 14th of March 2014.

King: "It's great to be back"

Sea Eagles veteran front-rower Jason King admits he’s delighted to be back playing footy again and out of rehab.

King, who played his first game in almost a year last Friday night against the Bunnies, conceded the lead up into Sunday’s match against Parramatta is a lot more relaxed than last week.

“It’s great [to be back],” King said. “I’ve been out for 10 months and it’s just great to be back amongst my teammates and out of the rehab group. It was good t finally get the football in my hands.”

“I sort of know what I need to work on and the areas of my game I need to improve, so I’ll work on that this week and I think I’ll be in a better mental statement than what I was last week."

The former NSW front-rower is expecting the Eels to turn it around under coach Brad Arthur.

With an emphasis on defence while Arthur was at the club last season, King knows Parramatta won’t be hard to break. 

“I know Brad Arthur will have them concentrating on their defence. I know they leaked a few points but I haven’t seen the match, I just saw the result," King said.

“We’ll have a look at their tape throughout the week, but I don’t think much will change other than they’ll have a high emphasis on defence, but so will we.”

King played 28 minutes in his return game and says he will be better for the run this week as he looks forward to getting back to Brookvale Oval for the first time since round seven last season.

“I haven’t played their for a while myself, so I’m looking forward to getting down there on Sunday afternoon,” King said.