Frizell feeling fresh out of comfort zone

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It will take time to see if a club switch has brought out the best in Tyson Frizell but the Newcastle second-rower is already feeling refreshed by the sea-change.

Not comfortable being one of the most highly regarded forwards in the game, Frizell left St George Illawarra after eight years at the end of last season chasing improvement.

He's not ready to say he's a better player at the Knights, but the NSW forward has found the discomfort he craved.

"I guess when you're at a club for so long and you start somewhere new, it is like a little kick in the bum," he told AAP.

"You've got to restart again and you're a bit out of your comfort zone because it's not what you're used to, but it's good in a sense because you push harder.

"In a sense you can always do that at one club but I thought the time was right for me to move on and go somewhere else and see what it was like.

"Time will tell the impact of what it brings to my game.

"But there's not too much fanciness or extra that I need to bring to my game, it's just being consistent and being a more dominant player. That's what I what I want to be."

Frizell was one of the Knights' best in their convincing win over Canterbury in round one and looked revitalised on the edge with 165 metres, three tacklebreaks and three offloads.

Encouragement from Adam O'Brien has helped, with the new coach already comparing him to some of the toughest second-rowers to come through the club such as Ben Kennedy, Steve Simpson and Adam Muir.

"He's got a really good relationship with all of his players. He does care a lot and he wears his heart on his sleeve and he wants the best out of us," Frizell said.

"I feel like that's what he wants out of me, he just wants me to do what I usually do and bring a bit more."

Frizell's impact on the side will be put to the test again on Friday night when the Knights play the Warriors on the Central Coast.

Five-eighth Kurt Mann has been ruled out of the game with a knee injury he suffered in last week's win over the Bulldogs, with Phoenix Crossland called in to partner Mitchell Pearce in the halves.