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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Huge bid for Test star launches NRL frenzy


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Valentine Holmes will be offered $900,000 per season to leave the Cronulla Sharks for the North Queensland Cowboys, according to a report as NRL silly season kicks off.

With November 1 having arrived, NRL clubs are now free to deal with all off-contract players. Holmes, who hails from Townsville and is tempted to return home, will be offered a three or four year deal by the Cowboys, according to the Courier Mail.

“We were waiting to see if Holmes was still available come November 1 and now that he is, we will have a discussion with his management,” Cowboys head of football Peter Parr told the newspaper.

“We will certainly be making contact with his management, Chris and Gavin Orr, and we will see where it takes us.

“We haven’t given much thought to what our offer would be, but now that Valentine is on the open market, I will have a discussion with ‘Greeny’ (Cowboys coach Paul Green).”

The Sharks have tabled a five-year deal for Holmes worth more than $4 million, so the Cowboys will need to commit to a long-term offer for big money.

Meanwhile, the Raiders are interested in luring New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson to Canberra, according to the Daily Telegraph.

WWOS predicted the Raiders' interest on Wednesday and the Telegraph is now reporting that they will be a player for his signature - on the advice of assistant coach and former Warriors mentor Andrew McFadden.

The Warriors made a bold move by telling Johnson he is free to explore his options. On $1 million per season, the flashy NZ Test halfback is the highest-paid player in Warriors history and the club would be keen to re-sign him on a reduced salary, amid doubts over his ability to deliver a premiership.

At Parramatta, the Eels will begin pre-season training on Thursday with no Jarryd Hayne. Despite a contract impasse, the club is keen to keep the superstar and is reportedly willing to offload centre Michael Jennings in order to secure a deal.

“I’d like Jarryd to be at the club and we’re working through that,” Eels coach Brad Arthur told Fairfax Media.

“We’ll see where it gets to. The thing is Jarryd wants to play at Parramatta and we want him to play at Parramatta. He wants to play with his mates.

“He played some real good footy for us at the back end on the back of being fit and getting his body right."

Valentine Holmes will be offered $900,000 per season to leave the Cronulla Sharks for the North Queensland Cowboys, according to a report as NRL silly season kicks off.

With November 1 having arrived, NRL clubs are now free to deal with all off-contract players. Holmes, who hails from Townsville and is tempted to return home, will be offered a three or four year deal by the Cowboys, according to the Courier Mail.

“We were waiting to see if Holmes was still available come November 1 and now that he is, we will have a discussion with his management,” Cowboys head of football Peter Parr told the newspaper.

“We will certainly be making contact with his management, Chris and Gavin Orr, and we will see where it takes us.

“We haven’t given much thought to what our offer would be, but now that Valentine is on the open market, I will have a discussion with ‘Greeny’ (Cowboys coach Paul Green).”

The Sharks have tabled a five-year deal for Holmes worth more than $4 million, so the Cowboys will need to commit to a long-term offer for big money.

Meanwhile, the Raiders are interested in luring New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson to Canberra, according to the Daily Telegraph.

WWOS predicted the Raiders' interest on Wednesday and the Telegraph is now reporting that they will be a player for his signature - on the advice of assistant coach and former Warriors mentor Andrew McFadden.

The Warriors made a bold move by telling Johnson he is free to explore his options. On $1 million per season, the flashy NZ Test halfback is the highest-paid player in Warriors history and the club would be keen to re-sign him on a reduced salary, amid doubts over his ability to deliver a premiership.

At Parramatta, the Eels will begin pre-season training on Thursday with no Jarryd Hayne. Despite a contract impasse, the club is keen to keep the superstar and is reportedly willing to offload centre Michael Jennings in order to secure a deal.

“I’d like Jarryd to be at the club and we’re working through that,” Eels coach Brad Arthur told Fairfax Media.

“We’ll see where it gets to. The thing is Jarryd wants to play at Parramatta and we want him to play at Parramatta. He wants to play with his mates.

“He played some real good footy for us at the back end on the back of being fit and getting his body right."

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