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PRIME Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has begged the North Queens­land Cowboys to call off its pur­suit of Townsville- born full­back Valen­tine Holmes.

Mr Mor­ri­son, an avid Cronulla “Sharkies” fan, pleaded in front of the me­dia at a press con­fer­ence dur­ing his stop over at Townsville this week.

The Prime Min­is­ter was in Townsville to an­nounce the fund­ing of a $ 200 mil­lion wa­ter se­cu­rity project for Brownsville.

Mr Mor­ri­son tried to use this fund­ing to bar­gain with Townsville and al­low Cronulla to keep the pre­mier­ship win­ning full­back.

“I make one hum­ble re­quest of the peo­ple of Townsville,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“In re­la­tion to all this, you’ve got to let me keep Valen­tine Holmes at the Sharks, OK? That’s the one thing I ask.

“I know he’s a Townsville boy but he’s hav­ing a great time with my boys at the Sharks, so let Val stay and let’s get on with the projects.”

Holmes is off con­tract at the end of the 2019 sea­son, and is now open to ne­go­ti­a­tions with ri­val clubs.

HANDS OFF: Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son ( in­set) would love the North Queens­land Cowboys not to lure Valen­tine Holmes away from Cronulla.

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