Holmes swapping NRL for NFL
Cronulla Sharks say they had no choice but to release Valentine Holmes from his contract so he can pursue his dream of playing NFL.
Holmes was in line for a bumper five-year deal worth a reported $5million that would have made him the highest paid player in the club's history, but turned it down and will attempt to forge a career Stateside.
“I will be forever grateful to the Cronulla Sharks football club and the Sharks fans for the past 5 years of support, it was a special moment we all shared in winning the club’s first ever NRL Premiership," he said.
“I understand this decision may come as a shock to many but I personally believe it’s the right time for me to challenge myself and pursue this NFL opportunity.
“Hopefully the fans can understand and support me as they have done throughout my career.”
If unsuccessful in America, under the terms of the release, Holmes would have to return to Cronulla and no other club, if he wanted to play NRL once again.
Cronulla’s chief executive Barry Russell added: “We are incredibly saddened to see him leave our club and exit the game of rugby league, however we wish him all the best in pursuing his NFL career and hope one day he may again wear the Sharks colours.”
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.