SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Dane Gagai (L) and Josh Papalii (R) of the Maroons look dejected at fulltime during game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Following the completion of the Prelims, the Maroons have added seven players to their squad. Below is a break down of the players added.

Jake Friend

Could this be the year where the Roosters captain and long stay number nine finally makes his Origin debut? If it weren’t for a pretty handy number nine by the name of Cameron Smith, Friend would surely have at least a handful of Origin jumpers to his name.

Ben Hunt probably leads the way with young Harry Grant likely to nab a bench spot with a look to the future, but I have no issues if Friend is selected. He certainly wouldn’t let anyone down. Will tackle himself to an absolute standstill but probably lacks the flair of Grant.

Lindsay Collins

A brilliant selection by the master coach. A master stroke from the master coach? Lindsay Collins has Origin written all over him.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Lindsay Collins of the Roosters runs the ball during the round 18 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

He’s big, aggressive and never, EVER takes a backwards step. I’m excited to see the Roosters firebrand bashing and crashing his way through an expected Origin One debut.

MUST be in the squad (most likely from the bench) for Origin One. Surely. Big fan of Collins. Love this selection.

Jaydn Su’A

The South Sydney second rower had a wow of a season and looks a near certainty to make his Origin debut on November 4th. He was legit in the running for a spot in the Dally M team as a second rower.

Kaufusi has one side wrapped up but Su’A is in the running for a run on spot now that David Fifita won’t feature. His defence will be absolutely key out wide for the Maroons with the Blues centres and second rowers likely to see plenty of ball.

92% tackle efficiency and over 100 metres a game this year make this an easy, and probably overdue selection.

Corey Allan

The South Sydney youngster has gone from a reserve grader to genuine chance of an Origin debut in a matter of months.

Allan was absolutely incredible stepping into the shoes of Latrell Mitchell in the number one for the Bunnies. Equally at home in the centres or on the wing, my draft Origin teams have him just missing out although shortening with every update.

If he has avoided injury in his monster Prelim performance, he could find himself on the wing for Queensland sooner rather than later. I can’t see him topping Brimson for the fullback role just yet. One for the future.

Dane Gagai

The Origin superstar was an absolute no brainer. Gagai has literally won a series for his state and will be an automatic selection. Best at this level on the wing, he’s never played a bad game while wearing Maroon.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 20: Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Scott Drinkwater of the Cowboys during the round 18 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

May find himself in the centres through necessity but I’d have him as a winger with absolutely no second guessing. Gagai was fantastic for the Rabbits in 2020 after an up and down 2019 and his experience will be huge for an expected young Maroon backline.

Dunamis Lui

A shock inclusion of sorts, however very much deserved. The Raiders big man has enjoyed a career best season and although I think he’ll ultimately miss selection for Origin One, there’s a chance he may be called upon later in the series.

He put up good numbers for the Green Machine in 2020. The 30 year old averaged almost 100 metres a game despite short stints, as he played into the forward rotation. Could emerge as a hit man of sorts for the Maroons if called upon.

Josh Papalii

The main man in terms of the Maroon forwards comes in the form of the game’s best prop, Josh Papalii. He will be tasked with making big metres and setting the tone in defence from the kick off. There is no better man for the job.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – MAY 25: Josh Papalii of the Canberra Raiders
is tackled during the round 11 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the North Queensland Cowboys at GIO Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

Automatic selection and as easy a decision as will ever been made. Papalii has been huge in his Origin career to date and I expect him to again lead the way for those north of the Tweed come Game One. His potential clash with Junior Paulo is absolutely mouth-watering. Key for his side!