NRL Rd 8 - Eels v Cowboys
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)

Parramatta hooker Reed Mahoney has reportedly been released by the Maroons as concerns surrounding the fitness of Storm star Harry Grant are cleared.

Mahoney was set to feature at dummy-half in Paul Green's maiden Maroons side for Origin I in Townsville in what would have been the Eels rake's state representative debut.

According to Fox Sports' James Hooper, Mahoney will now make way for Grant, with Green seeing no issues with Grant's fitness after previously battling a hamstring strain.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Harry Grant of the Maroons celebrates scoring a try during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

ORIGIN: Queensland Squad

Titans fullback AJ Brimson could be named as the utility in place of Mahoney, but could also find himself in the mix for selection in the No.1 jumper should Kalyn Ponga be ruled out through injury.

Mahoney was named at hooker for the Eels' clash against Newcastle on Sunday given he has been named in an extended squad for the Maroons.

This rule will only apply to Mahoney compared to Blues/Panthers hooker Api Koroisau, who has a bye the following week, per NRL.com.

Mahoney's return would be a major boost for Brad Arthur, who is facing a potential third-straight loss after defeats against Manly and South Sydney.

Origin I will take place at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on June 9.