Top Australian jockey Steven King will ride for trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu next season and is confident a stable job will give him the platform needed to be in the top bracket here. Yiu, who parts ways with South African jockey Robbie Fradd at the end of the season, has officially applied for King to ride for him and it is now up to the Licensing Committee to approve the retainer. From Melbourne, King said: 'I have agreed a contract with Ricky and I have known him for a number of years. 'I am very hopeful, actually very confident, that we can make a good team. 'As I understand it, the Licensing Committee must now approve it.' King had a three-month spell here in the middle of the present season and a seven-winner haul underlined his disenchantment with the Club jockey job. 'I said at the time that I would not come back as a Club jockey because it is almost impossible to get the rides you need. I didn't know from one day to the next what I would be riding - or if I would be riding. 'The same happened with other jockeys, too, and will continue to do so. I think it will be harder to get big names there during the season.' King thought things over before replying affirmatively to Yiu's offer - not least because he is going great guns in Melbourne. He said: 'Above all, with a stable you have a base. There are going to be horses there for me to ride every race day. I would like to think that there will be outside rides particularly when I get settled in. 'I am being positive about the whole thing and actually looking forward to it very much.' The official news leaves popular South African rider Fradd out of a job at the end of the season and he was being immediately linked yesterday to trainer David Hill, who will lose Patrick Payne as things stand at the moment. Hill said: 'I have read that I am negotiating with about four different jockeys. Well, I am not negotiating with anyone at the moment. 'I have applied for an extension and I understand there is no problem about that. I am not rushing into anything - it is far too important for that.' The former champion trainer has also been persistently linked to English rider Kevin Darley, who rode here two seasons ago as a Club jockey. Darley also rode for Hill when he was training in Madras before coming to Hong Kong. 'I have not spoken a word to Kevin and there have been no talks at all,' he stressed.