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Sport Laurie Daley raises Valentine Holmes concerns amid North Queensland Cowboys rumours

21:35  22 october  2019
21:35  22 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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It appears a matter of when, not if, Valentine Holmes abandons his NFL dream and signs a big-money deal to return to the NRL with the North Queensland Cowboys.

According to multiple reports the 24-year-old will ink a three-year deal worth up to $1 million a season in time for the 2020 NRL season.

The former Cronulla, Queensland Maroons and Australia star is yet to officially sign with the Townsville club but looks all-but certain to be wearing a Cowboys jumper from 2020.

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While Holmes will likely join the NRL’s elite class of million-dollar players, NRL legend Laurie Daley has expressed concerns he mightn't be the same player who walked out on the final year of his Sharks contract at the end of 2018.

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“I worry about them (NRL players) when they have a lot of time off (from rugby league and then) coming back here because their body shape changes,” Daley told Sky Sports Radio's The Big Sports Breakfast.

“… The only think in Val’s favour would be it’s only been 12 months and he’s a lot younger than Jarryd (Hayne was when he made the San Francisco 49ers roster in 2015 before signing the Gold Coast Titans in 2016).

“If people have got their heart set on going over there and playing in the NFL I don’t think you can stop them.

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“… But one thing they’ve got to realise is if it doesn’t work out they may not be the same player when they come back.

“And if Val comes back and struggles, that’ll be two players that have gone over in the peak of their career and come back and haven’t returned in the best way forward for them as a footy player.”

Holmes is currently earning less than $200,000 as a member of the New York Jets practice squad after entering the NFL’s International Pathway program at the end of 2018.

He is not eligible to play a regular season game in the 2019-20 campaign.

That means he would have to commit at least one more year of his sporting prime to his new code to have any chance of making an NFL roster next season.

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