Valentine Holmes bombshell as failed NFL star ‘makes a shock million-dollar signing with an NRL club’ after failing to make it in America
- Valentine Holmes is set to give up on failed NFL aspirations and return to the NRL
- Reportedly agreed in principle to massive deal with North Queensland Cowboys
- Comes a year after he shocked NRL world by walking away to chase US dreams
Valentine Holmes is set to make a shock return to the NRL, almost a year after he walked away from the code to chase his NFL dreams in the US.
The former Cronulla Sharks and Queensland Origin star has reportedly agreed to sign a massive multi-year deal to play with the North Queensland Cowboys from next season.
While News Corp reported he was due to meet with Cowboys coach Paul Green in New York on Tuesday, Holmes has already agreed to the deal worth $1million per season in principle, according to Wide World of Sports.
Valentine Holmes (pictured with wife Natalia) has reportedly given up on his NFL dreams
However, Holmes’ management has denied a NRL deal.
‘Everyone has jumped the gun as no decision to quit NFL has been made,’ his management told Fox Sports.
Currently a member of the New York Jets practice squad, Holmes is expected to walk from his failed NFL aspirations after two unsuccessful attempts to make the playing roster.
The former NRL star hinted a possible return to Australia earlier this month.
Holmes has been unsuccessful in his hopes of getting onto the New York Jets playing roster
‘My head is here in the US,’ Holmes recently told AAP.
‘It’s only early in the season and I want to push myself to get an opportunity but if it doesn’t work out or I’m not good enough there’s decisions to be made.’
He listed the Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and his hometown Cowboys as preferred locations if he returned to the NRL.
‘Cronulla is what I’m used to and I have an apartment there and my mates are still there, my wife and myself are from Townsville and I’m mates with pretty much all of the Brisbane guys,’ Holmes said.
Holmes (pictured with his wife) recently hinted a possible return to Australia
Holmes made his NRL debut in 2014 and has played 105 games for the Sharks, including the club’s maiden 2016 premiership victory.
He was voted by his teammates as the Sharks’ player’s player of the year last year.
Holmes has represented Australia on 13 occasions and played five Origins for Queensland.
He walked away from the Sharls last year with another season to go on his contract.
It comes a year after the former Cronulla star shocked the NRL by walking away from the code