Holmes to lead from the back

Monday January 22, 2018 Written by Published in League

AFTER a sensational World Cup campaign, Cook Islander and Kangaroos star Valentine Holmes is taking more of a leadership role while learning from the many veteran forwards at the Cronulla Sharks.


Last year was a memorable one for the youngster, as he made his Queensland debut in the second State of Origin game and broke the record for the most tries scored in a Test for Australia, twice.

Now that he is back at pre-season training, the Sharks fullback has said that his aim for the new year is to add leadership to his already long list of skills.

“I’d like to be a leader by my actions, especially to our other outside backs and the younger boys that are coming through as we have some great young talent coming through from 20s,” he told NRL.com

“I’m obviously still one of the youngest in the team so I try not to talk too much as we have Gal (Paul Gallen), Lewie (Luke Lewis) and Wado (Wade Graham) that do most of the talking. I just say my part and if it helps, then it helps.”

Defending champions coming into the 2017 season, the Sharks didn’t get beyond the first knock-out round last term and will want to make amends this year.

On the surface this team seems to be greatly improved, thanks to the off-season spending that will see the likes of St George Illawarra Dragons international Josh Dugan, South Sydney Rabbitohs back Aaron Gray, Penrith Panthers five-eighth Matt Moylan and Wests Tigers forward Ava Seaumanafagai don the black, blue and white jumper.

“Everyone’s goal is to get to the last games of the year,” said Holmes.

The arrival of Kangaroo’s international Dugan may cause some debate over who will be playing fullback, but the Kuki made his intentions clear.

“I like playing fullback, I like being around the ball a bit more instead of being restricted on the sideline scoring tries. I don’t really care about scoring tries, I’d just ra-ther be around the ball more,” Holmes explained.

            - CL/NRL.com


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