"Valentine has been a top-class performer at wing and fullback and we've made no secret we had a desire to strengthen our outside back stocks. , In February, Holmes was selected in the Sharks Auckland Nines squad. Rugby league is celebrating Valentine Holmes’ return to Australia but not everyone in NRL land will be thrilled to see the 24-year-old back in action. Holmes then pointed to the financial hole NFL players face when their season ends and before the next season starts. North Queensland had spoken to Latrell Mitchell, hosting the Sydney Roosters x-factor on a tour of their facilities just last week. Following the interview, Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane lauded the interview as "great access.". "This is a wonderful signing for our club," Cowboys director of football Peter Parr said. Nine's NRL reporter Danny Weidler broke the news of the NRL's investigation into the matter. Get the ESPN App from the iTunes App Store to get the latest sports scores, news and videos. 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In Round 10 against the Newcastle Knights, he scored 4 tries in the Sharks 62-0 win. In September 2013, Holmes, whose father is from New Zealand, was named in the 2013 Junior Kiwis train-on squad. Valentine Holmes reportedly agrees to deal with North Queensland Valentine Holmes has reportedly agreed to a rich deal with the Cowboys — but one NRL legend has warned against the multimillion-dollar gamble. The Cowboys had set aside a large chunk of salary cap space for the best part of 12 months in the hope Holmes would return to the game, having already been in negotiations to lure him north in late-2018. Dream job if you weren’t a football player: Pro golfer Sun 24 Nov 2019 22.39 GMT Valentine Holmes (born 24 July 1995) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Holmes was later selected for the Australian test side to face New Zealand on 15 November. Fullback Tex Hoy, 20, starred at the NRL Nines and will get a chance to impress in the 13-a-side game against the Dragons, while emerging star Bradman Best has been ruled out with a fractured foot. In 2019, he made a switch to the National Football League, spending several months on the New York Jets' practice squad. At this stage it remains unclear on whether or not either party will require a COVID-19 test. Valentine Holmes will return to the NRL in 2020 after signing with North Queensland on a six-season deal.  He was then stood down from the Sharks' 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad after previously being named. One of the NRL's biggest stars Valentine Holmes has been slammed by fans after quitting the code to follow his dreams of playing in the NFL.. Former Cronulla hooker Jayden Brailey has been named to play his first game in a Newcastle jersey on Saturday when they face St George Illawarra in their trial. , On 8 September, Holmes was named in the 2014 Junior Kangaroos train-on squad. , In November 2018, Holmes was released from his contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League to chase his dream to one day play in the National Football League.  In Round 21, Holmes made his NRL debut for the Sharks against the Parramatta Eels on the wing in the 32–12 loss at Remondis Stadium filling in for Sosaia Feki who succumbed to an injury before the match. Holmes has scored eight tries in five State of Origin games for Queensland and a remarkable 17 tries in 13 Tests for Australia. The NRL are set to investigate a biosecurity breach involving Fox Sports after reporter Hannah Hollis conducted a sideline interview with Cowboys star Valentine Holmes. “It wasn’t long ago that Valentine was one of the best players in the competition before his courageous decision to go to the NFL,” Parr said. , In April of 2019, Holmes was signed by the New York Jets as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway program. "He's a proven big-game player, he's won a grand final and he's played some terrific football for both Queensland and Australia. Overall Holmes has scored 66 tries in 105 NRL games since his 2014 NRL debut with Cronulla. A fullback or winger, he is an Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative. EXCLUSIVE: Silver lining to Benji Marshall's axing, Josh Reynolds redemption, Ray Hadley hits back at Cameron McInnes over cause of 'divided' Dragons, 40 Years of Origin: JT's all-time QLD team. , In Round 1 of the 2020 NRL season, he made his debut for North Queensland in their 21–28 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. The Knights battled with inconsistency in their spine last season and O'Brien is intent on finding a settled combination for 2020. But after an underwhelming 14th-placed finish in 2019, their second straight year outside the top eight, his recruitment is viewed as a potential circuit breaker for Paul Green's side.  On 18 October, Holmes played on the wing for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis at Mt Smart Stadium, scoring two tries in the 14–15 loss. Credit: AAP. His form in 2018 was as good as any player in the NRL, particularly in the second half of that season. Holmes was selected to play for Australia in the 2017 ANZAC Test. , On 24 November 2019, Holmes returned to rugby league, signing a six-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys, beginning in 2020. The 24-year-old former Australia and Queensland custodian has not played a professional rugby league game since the 2018 finals with Cronulla after a stint with the NFL. Holmes was a crucial member of the Sharks’ maiden premiership-winning outfit in 2016, scoring 19 tries in 26 games. While known for his prowess on the wing, Holmes played the majority of games in his last NRL season in 2018 at fullback for the Sharks, scoring 22 tries in 26 games with a league leading 26 line-breaks. Marshall was sent away for a COVD-19 test as a result. The Cowboys fullback was cited for leading with the shoulder in a tackle on Brisbane's Jesse Arthars in the 80th minute of North Queensland's 32-16 win over Brisbane, reducing the once proud club to last place. But his return to rugby league will come as the centrepiece of a reshaped Cowboys backline, earning just shy of seven figures a season. Holmes moved to Sydney in 2013 to play for the Sharks' SG Ball Cup team.  He made appearances in the New York Jets preseason against the New York Giants on 9 August, carrying 3 times for 6 yards and receiving 3 times for 30 yards. 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