Val ponders new No.1 home
THE Cowboys have held secret talks with Valentine Holmes as the Maroons star declared he wanted to play fullback permanently.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal North Queensland hierarchy have identified Holmes as a potential longterm No. 1 at the club. Holmes grew up in Townsville but was snapped up by Cronulla where he has developed into a Test and Origin winger.
The 22-year-old will make his third appearance for Queensland on the left wing in Wednesday’s Origin series opener at the MCG. Holmes is contracted to the Sharks until the end of 2019 and has an option in his favour to remain at Cronulla in 2020.
However, the Cowboys have emerged as a contender for his signature after sounding out Holmes earlier this year. Premiership-winning fullback Lachlan Coote is no certainty to remain at the Cowboys beyond this season and Holmes’ manager, Gavin Orr, said the Cronulla flyer had attracted interest from rival clubs.
“Val has interest,” he said. “The Sharks are looking to extend his current contract but if we don’t do that, Val will go on to the open market come the 1st of November.
“The Cowboys are most definitely an option. He is from Townsville, his family is from there and his partner has family in the region.
“If Val left, that would be the obvious club, but we’ll see what takes place with the Sharks. He would love to play fullback on a regular basis and that will be a consideration when Val weighs up his future.”
Holmes has thrown his hand up to replace retiring Maroons No. 1 Billy Slater and said his ambition was to prove he was a long-term fullback.
“I want to master that at club level first, it’s definitely the position I want to play,” he said.
Queensland’s Valentine Holmes.