Welcome to the first instalment in this series on players to watch in the 2021 NRL season.
Queensland have added a further five players to their squad for next month’s State of Origin series.
South Sydney trio Jaydn Su’A, Corey Allan and Dane Gagai have been selected, along with Canberra Raiders forwards Dunamis Lui and Josh Papalii, after their respective teams were eliminated from the NRL finals.
Allan won’t be available for the opening game of the series after accepting a one-match suspension for a shoulder charge in the preliminary final loss to Penrith.
The Maroons squad will be finalised on Sunday evening after the NRL grand final between the Panthers and Melbourne.
Of the 21 players currently selected by new coach Wayne Bennett, 14 are yet to make their Origin debuts.
The players will enter camp on the Gold Coast this Sunday to prepare for the series opener at the Adelaide Oval on November 4.
Queensland State of Origin squad
Corey Allan, Jai Arrow, AJ Brimson, Patrick Carrigan, Daly Cherry-Evans, Xavier Coates, Lindsay Collins, Moeaki Fotuaika, Jake Friend, Dane Gagai, Harry Grant, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Hymel Hunt, Josh Kerr, Edrick Lee, Dunamis Lui, Josh Papalii, Phillip Sami, Jaydn Su’A, (six more to be named)