Rabbitohs centre Matt King is very excited about returning to the field of play this weekend for the North Sydney Bears when they take on the Newtown Jets at Henson Park on Saturday at 3pm.


King has been sidelined with an arm injury since September when the Rabbitohs went down in their first semi final of 2012 to the Melbourne Storm.


King suffered a broken arm in that match and issues with healing the break have kept him in the stands, until this weekend that is.


"I'm just really happy to be getting out on the field and playing again," King told www.rabbitohs.com.au.


"I wasn't sure if I would have this opportunity again when things were going slowly around Christmas time.


"I'm probably as excited about this game as I have been for a game of footy in a long time.


"It will be great to be out there with the boys."


This is not the first time King has pulled on the red and black jersey of the Bears.


He played "two-and-a-bit" seasons with Norths, playing in 2000 and 2001, then a handful of games before going on his self-described "mid-life crisis" where he quit football to travel abroad and take life in a different direction.


But as fate would have it, King's path back to the Rabbitohs and the NRL means performing at his best for the Bears in the NSW Cup this weekend,a prospect which can be daunting, even for an International and State of Origin player like King.


"Coming back into an unfamiliar team can be daunting, meeting new faces, but there's a few Rabbitohs in the team so that will help," King said.


"I think there's about ten of us in the team this week which will make it easier to fit into the team and hopefully make the game and the footy a bit easier too.


"Hopefully we can get a few Souths supporters along to Henson Park on the weekend too to get behind us.


"I understand it's a bit of agrudge match between Norths and Newtown, two clubs with great history, so it should be a great contest."


The Bears take on the Jets for the Frank Hyde Trophy at 3pm Saturday 23 March at Henson Park.