Former St George Illawarra utility Kurt Mann is ready to up the ante on first-choice hooker Danny Levi, confidently declaring he would handle the starting No.9 role at the Knights if given the opportunity.
Mann will come off the bench in the Knights opening pre-season trial against his old club in Wollongong on Saturday and could find himself playing in a variety of different positions during the course of the game.
But despite admitting his switch to hooker during the pre-season has been a "learning experience" and he still has a "way to go", he says a starting role is what he covets.
"I could do that today [start] if that was the case but it's up to the coaches," he said.
"It's sort of out of my hands at the moment but I'm confident if I got that nod, than I'd be able to do the job."
Mann said nailing down a starting spot and potentially shedding his utility tag was one of the big reasons he joined the Knights.
But he knows it will be difficult.
"I don't think I will ever shake that utility tag really," he said.
"It's something I've spoken to Browny a little bit about, trying to change that perception. But he made it pretty clear to me that it's going to be a hard thing to do with injuries.
"If people get injured, then generally, I'll get moved because it's best for the team and I'm happy to do that if that's the case. But I'd really like to pick one position, if it is hooker, and really try to nail that down.
"I had that [utility] role at the Dragons where I was bouncing around a few different positions and that was a big reason for me coming up here - to focus on one role."
Brown will have a 27-player roster at his disposal in Wollongong with his main squad likely to feature heavily in the opening 40 minutes before the fringe players and younger members of the squad get an opportunity in the final 40.
Centre Hymel Hunt will miss the trial with a hamstring injury while winger Nathan Ross is also out because of a finger problem. Versatile Sione Mata'utia will start the game at left centre in place of Hunt.
Of the club's new forward recruits, Brown is expected to start the game up front with David Klemmer and James Gavet with Queensland Origin and former Melbourne prop Tim Glasby to start his first game in Knights colours off the bench.
It's believed last season's regulars Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Mitch Barnett and Aidan Guerra will start in the back row.
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Mann said he is looking forward to the prospect of taking on his old club first up.
"It always seems to happen to me," he said.
"My first round game for the Dragons was against Melbourne so that was a co-incidence and now my first trial game here is against the Dragons.
"There has already been a little bit of banter between me and a few of the boys."