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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Holmes' emotional reaction to realising NFL goal


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Valentine Holmes is the latest NRL player to convert over to the NFL and he has revealed just how nervous he was when he received the call that he would be added to the New York Jets squad.

Holmes was added to the New York Jets, as one of the four AFC East teams that took overseas players from the NFL International Player Pathway Program, which the former Cronulla Sharks fullback participated in for 12 weeks at IMG Academy in Florida.

Speaking exclusively to Nine News, the 23-year-old Townsville native touched on his dream move to play in the league he described as the "pinnacle of sport".

"I was shaking. My hands were shaking and I was kind of nervous and excited," Holmes said.

Valentine Holmes

"To be able to be given this opportunity is just something special and I'm one step closer. I feel like I've got my foot in the door and I'm ready to kick it down."

While he is chasing a unique opportunity, Holmes has received plenty of critics with regards to his move, but he holds no regrets.

"It might seem selfish, but I'm a competitor and I like to compete and I just wanted to challenge myself and my body," he said.

"It's obviously a dream to play in the NRL and as a kid that's all I wanted to do. I wanted to play for Queensland and I wanted to play for my country.

Valentine Holmes

"I happened to achieve all of those things and also (won) a premiership with the Cronulla Sharks."

Holmes will be on the Jets' roster until the end of training camp, where he will compete and practice alongside other Jets players for a spot on the 53-man roster.

At the end of training camp if he doesn't make the cut, as part of the Pathway program, Holmes is eligible for an 11th spot practice squad exemption, but in that spot Jets coach Adam Gase is not permitted to activate him during the 2019 season, meaning he cannot play a game.

The Jets and other NFL teams will be permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players in mid-July, seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

Valentine Holmes is the latest NRL player to convert over to the NFL and he has revealed just how nervous he was when he received the call that he would be added to the New York Jets squad.

Holmes was added to the New York Jets, as one of the four AFC East teams that took overseas players from the NFL International Player Pathway Program, which the former Cronulla Sharks fullback participated in for 12 weeks at IMG Academy in Florida.

Speaking exclusively to Nine News, the 23-year-old Townsville native touched on his dream move to play in the league he described as the "pinnacle of sport".

"I was shaking. My hands were shaking and I was kind of nervous and excited," Holmes said.

Valentine Holmes

"To be able to be given this opportunity is just something special and I'm one step closer. I feel like I've got my foot in the door and I'm ready to kick it down."

While he is chasing a unique opportunity, Holmes has received plenty of critics with regards to his move, but he holds no regrets.

"It might seem selfish, but I'm a competitor and I like to compete and I just wanted to challenge myself and my body," he said.

"It's obviously a dream to play in the NRL and as a kid that's all I wanted to do. I wanted to play for Queensland and I wanted to play for my country.

Valentine Holmes

"I happened to achieve all of those things and also (won) a premiership with the Cronulla Sharks."

Holmes will be on the Jets' roster until the end of training camp, where he will compete and practice alongside other Jets players for a spot on the 53-man roster.

At the end of training camp if he doesn't make the cut, as part of the Pathway program, Holmes is eligible for an 11th spot practice squad exemption, but in that spot Jets coach Adam Gase is not permitted to activate him during the 2019 season, meaning he cannot play a game.

The Jets and other NFL teams will be permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players in mid-July, seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

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