Holmes ea­ger


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

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