He could hardly have played this year but Harry Grant will end a surreal season promoted as Queensland’s solution to a hooker for the next decade

The 22-year-old crowned a great 2020 with his debut on the bench in Queensland’s 20-14 defeat to NSW in the home state decisive game on Wednesday in Brisbane

No 9 has been effectively investigated and infiltrated in order to decisively attempt, validating Wayne Bennett’s bold call to promote it before Ben Hunt’s tried and tested utility in the decision

After Grant hung behind Cameron Smith and Brandon Smith in Melbourne, he made the most of his player exchange with the Wests Tigers to win a New Year’s Dally M and RLPA Award and earn a spot at the Maroons camp

Not picked until the final, Grant made 26 tackles, constantly breaking two lines and holes in the Blues’ defense

His 56-minute performance prompted former Queensland coach and player Paul Votten to announce No. 9His shirt for “the next eight to ten years”

“He’s 22 years old; we saw what he did tonight when he came,” he said in the caption

Grant keeps fond memories of Origin growing up in Rockhampton but says he won’t get ahead of himself after a stormy season

“It was going to school on Thursday, when Queensland won, it was feeling good, so that was always on the back of the mind,”

“I cannot thank the Melbourne Storm and the Wests Tigers enough for the opportunity if I had stayed in Melbourne (behind the hookers Cameron Smith and Brandon Smith) why I played so much football and certainly would not have been here.”

Bennett was careful to give the start to the 9 Jake Friend’s balance as well, even the pair play together while the Maroon is suspended in the final minutes

“It was very good,” Bennett said, “But Jake did a lot of work in the first 25 minutes”

“It was what we needed, which is why we did what we did (replace Hunt to provide more spark off the bench) and he did it nicely.”

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