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Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson would make a good fist of his expected NSW Origin debut, former Manly teammate and Queensland rival Daly Cherry-Evans says.

Manly halfback and Maroons utility Daly Cherry-Evans says his former teammate and possible NSW Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson is ready for a shot at the big time.

With doubts over the selection of Roosters halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney due to a mix of poor form and Pearce's recent Kings Cross incident, and with Souths halves Adam Reynolds and John Sutton not quite stamping their claims in recent weeks, the Bulldogs halves are now a genuine chance of lining up for NSW.

Five-eighth Josh Reynolds and halfback Hodkinson have each produced their fair share of clutch plays in recent weeks and have guided the Bulldogs to outright first place on the ladder after 10 rounds.

"I think Trent, just as much as anyone in NSW, will earn his jersey," Cherry-Evans said of his former Manly clubmate.

"I get along really well with Trent, we had a lot of fun while he was at Manly. I think he's very composed, very level headed, and he could be just what NSW needs."

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