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New faces added to Maroons squad

Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant has been named in the initial squad for Queensland's 2020 State of Origin campaign.

The 22-year-old was one of several fresh faces named in the initial squad by newly-appointed Coach Wayne Bennett, joining the likes of AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika, Phillip Sam­­i, Edrick Lee, Josh Kerr and Hymel Hunt as potential debutants.

Additional players will be added as further teams are eliminated from the NRL finals series, with a final 27-man squad to be confirmed after the Grand Final.

The selection comes off the back of a superb season for Grant, who is eligible for Rookie of the Year accolades having played just two first-grade games prior to 2020.

The Yeppoon junior enjoyed a superb first full season in the top flight with Wests Tigers, with eight try contributions and several Man of the Match performances in his 15 games for the club — ending the season as the club's Rookie of the Year.

Harry Grant reflects on Rookie of the Year Award


QUEENSLAND 2020 ORIGIN SQUAD

Jai Arrow — Gold Coast Titans
AJ Brimson — Gold Coast Titans
Moeaki Fotuaika — Gold Coast Titans
Phillip Sami — Gold Coast Titans
Valentine Holmes — North Queensland Cowboys
Coen Hess — North Queensland Cowboys
Xavier Coates — Brisbane Broncos
Patrick Carrigan — Brisbane Broncos
Edrick Lee — Newcastle Knights
Hymel Hunt — Newcastle Knights
Kalyn Ponga — Newcastle Knights
Ben Hunt — St. George-Illawarra Dragons
Josh Kerr — St. George-Illawarra Dragons
Harry Grant — Wests Tigers
Daly Cherry-Evans — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Jake Friend — Sydney Roosters
Lindsay Collins — Sydney Roosters