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NRL 2023: Melbourne Storm, Josh King, I don’t quit, Newcastle Knights, iron bar; King’s NRL career forged in Hunter Valley coal mine

Storm forward Josh King is hoping to win an NRL premiership medal but for now an iron bar takes pride of place on his mantlepiece after the former mining apprentice proved his blue-collar credentials at a gruelling pre-season camp.

King, who will make his 51st NRL appearance for the Storm in Friday night’s preliminary final against Penrith, moved to Melbourne last year after six seasons at Newcastle with the aim of making an immediate impression at his new club.

However, he exceeded even his own expectations by winning the Iron Bar award at the club’s notorious I Don’t Quit camp and has been a mainstay of Craig Bellamy’s forward pack ever since.

Storm team-mates celebrates a rare try by hard working forward Josh King
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“When you are on the camp you get given an iron bar that you have got to carry around for the period and the person who is the best on camp gets to keep their iron bar,” King…

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