BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Reed Mahoney of the Eels celebrates after scoring a try during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium, on March 12, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Queensland coach Paul Green is understood to have selected Eels hooker Reed Mahoney as his starting rake for Origin I.

As reported by The Courier MailMahoney is set to get the nod ahead of Storm star Harry Grant, who will likely find a place in the No.14 jumper off the bench.

Grant has recently been battling a hamstring tear and despite recently stating his confidence to run out for the Maroons on June 9, it now looks as though it will be off the pine.

Mahoney has flourished in 2021 with Parramatta and has placed Green with a selection headache for hooker duties, but the Eels gun will now be handed his maiden Maroons jumper.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Reed Mahoney of the Eels passes during the round eight NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the North Queensland Cowboys at Bankwest Stadium on July 03, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Queensland great Cameron Smith told SEN earlier this month that he would start Mahoney at dummy-half over Grant.

“You’d start with Reed, he’s tough … he’s made 60-odd tackles plenty of times in his career, it’s going to take that in the Origin arena,” Smith said.

“He’s got great service from dummy-half, he’s got a pretty good running game and a kicking game as well.”

Green is set to name his extended 20-man side on Monday, with the selection of a number of players currently up in the air due to injury and suspensions.

Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster (foot) will need to prove his fitness in QLD's campo, while teammate Felise Kaufusi will need his NRL Judiciary appeal successful after being handed a one-game ban for tripping in Round 12.

Fullback Kalyn Ponga is also in a race against the clock to be fit to face the Blues in the series opener, with a groin complaint keeping him out of the Knights' clash with Manly on Sunday.

The Courier Mail reports that out-of-favour Rabbitohs forward Jaydn Su'A will likely get a nod on the bench alongside Grant and Titans prop Moeaki Fotuaika.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Jaydn Su'a of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the round 19 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on July 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Joe Ofahengaue and Coen Hess are also fighting for a bench place and both could be named should Kaufusi remain suspended.

NSW named their 19-man side for next week's series opener, which remains scheduled for the MCG.