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Reed Mahoney has set his sights on Parramatta's top-four run in a bid to make up for the frustration of missing out on a Queensland State of Origin debut.
Mahoney was named to return from a shoulder injury against Gold Coast by Parramatta on Tuesday, four weeks after the cruel blow ended his Origin hopes.
The Parramatta No.9 is the biggest name to return for round 18, with Melbourne opting to hold fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (concussion) and hooker Harry Grant (hamstring) back another week.
But the news is better for Mahoney now, who is confident he has no lingering issues from the injury and will not require end-of-season surgery at this point.
"It's been a pretty frustrating couple of weeks," Mahoney said.
"Obviously I was in the squad game one and then that happened. It is what it is.
"I've accepted it and I think I'm more hungry now to just perform for my team.
"Eight weeks to go now into the finals. It's disappointing but there is plenty of time for that.
"We're really, really hungry here and we want to go further than we have before."
The fourth-placed Eels have also given Mitch Moses and Junior Paulo a chance to play two days after State of Origin, with every NSW and Queensland player named across the competition.
However it remains to be seen how many will in fact back up, with Manly almost certain to rest Tom Trbojevic against St George Illawarra on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles took that route after Origin I, and at least have dynamite rookie Josh Schuster returning in the second row after a long injury lay off.
The Dragons are also without six players following their bubble breach, with Paul Vaughan sacked and Matt Dufty, Tyrrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis the first suspended.
Zac Lomax and Daniel Alvaro also remain out, with the pair yet to sign their way back into the bubble by verifying statements made to the NRL Integrity Unit.
Elsewhere Newcastle will have Tyson Frizell back from his ankle injury against the Storm, while Daniel Saifiti is also backed to beat the rib blow that ruled him out of Origin III.
Cronulla have named Aaron Woods to take on Canberra, but it is unclear if he will head into their Brisbane bubble with his wife heavily pregnant.
Michael Maguire has dropped Moses Mbye to the bench after their fortnight of horror defence before the bye, with Adam Doueihi to shift back to the halves.
Twenty-five-year-old Fetalaiga Pauga will debut in the centres, with fellow rookie Tuki Simpkins to come off the bench against Brisbane.
The Broncos meanwhile have their own concerns, with Kotoni Staggs named but no certainty to overcome a hamstring injury.
The news is better for Penrith, who will welcome fullback Dylan Edwards back from a foot injury into a spine still missing Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary against the Warriors.