Reed Mahoney has earned a reputation as being a fearless hooker who leaves no stone unturned whenever he takes the field so it's no surprise his stunning rise has seen him become a key cog of the Parramatta Eels first-grade squad.
Earning an NRL debut in Round 14 of the 2018 season, Mahoney has since earned his stripes and taken his place as the Eels' trusted no.9 despite crafting his trade with just six games for Wentworthville Magpies in the Canterbury Cup NSW.
He has been earmarked as a representative star of the future given his rise to prominence in recent years, playing for Queensland U20's in the same year he debuted (2018), before being selected for the Junior Kangaroos and Australian Prime Minister's XIII respectively in 2019.
The hard-working 22-year-old has already amassed 41 first-grade games in his career after playing in every single fixture for the Eels (26) in the 2019 campaign and helping them to the second week of the finals.
His six appearances in the Canterbury Cup NSW in 2018 was enough to suggest the young gun was ready-made for first-grade football, averaging 43 tackles per game while producing two tries and four try assists.
Mahoney is enjoying career-best form for Parramatta in 2020, recording two tries, two forced line-dropouts and averaging 41 tackles per game.
The Eels currently sit first on the NRL ladder after six rounds.