TWELVE months has always been a long time in rugby league, and Cronulla flyer Valentine Holmes knows that better than most.
In the space of a year he has helped Cronulla win a maiden NRL premiership, signed a twoyear contract extension, played in a Four Nations tournament, won a State of Origin series for Queensland and is now preparing to represent Australia at the World Cup later this year.
All of that after Holmes’ career looked to be on the representative scrapheap at the start of 2016.
Holmes was one of a host of players to break curfew at an emerging Maroons camp in Brisbane in January last year on an alcohol-fuelled night out where he earned a fine for causing a public nuisance and obstructing police at a taxi rank.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters told the speedster he wouldn’t be considered for State of Origin duties throughout 2016 as punishment for the incident.
It was a lesson Holmes said needed to be learnt.
‘‘I’m glad it did happen to me when I was a lot younger, I was a bit more silly then,’’ Holmes said.
‘‘It’s good, not only for myself, but for the other boys that it happened to. It’s definitely shown to the younger boys, and the younger guys coming through 20s that haven’t played yet, just to