Brimson, who had been out for six weeks due to injury, had not even considered the possibility of his own Origin recall. However, after witnessing Fotuaika’s outstanding performance in the Gold Coast’s victory over the Wests Tigers, Maroons coach Billy Slater was convinced that Brimson deserved another chance.
Brimson and Fotuaika have been teammates since their Under 20 days and had previously represented Queensland together. Brimson expressed his genuine excitement at seeing Fotuaika back in the squad and had even advocated for his selection on social media. Brimson praised Fotuaika’s humility and believed that his teammate would excel in the Origin arena.