Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes desires to play fullback for club, state and country.NRL star Valentine Holmes plans to be a more vocal presence for the Sharks at fullback, a position he ultimately aspires to fill for Queensland and .
Holmes had a record run in the Kangaroos’ victorious World Cup campaign last year, scoring five tries against Samoa and six against Fiji from the wing, while Billy Slater lined up at fullback.
While he played virtually all last NRL season for Cronulla at No.1, almost all Holmes’s representative games for Queensland and have been on the wing.
Highly credentialled Sharks recruits Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan can also play fullback but 22-year-old Holmes is tipped to get first crack there in 2018.
“It’s definitely a position I’ve always strived to play. My idols were always fullbacks,” Holmes told AAP.
“It’s definitely a good position I’d like to see myself playing in the future.”
Asked about aspirations to play there for the Maroons and Kangaroos, Holmes said: “Definitely one day.
“I’m still a bit young now. I’ve still got a lot to learn and a lot more experience to get under my belt.”
Despite his relative youth, Holmes is ready to assert himself in the Sharks’ No.1 jersey.
“I want to try being more vocal on the team, try and help lead the boys around the halves,” he said.
With James Maloney moving to Penrith, Holmes is one of the candidates to take over the Sharks goal-kicking duties.
He said Moylan and Chad Townsend had been among those practising their kicking during the pre-season.
Cronulla have undergone plenty of personnel changes since last year, with Dugan and Moylan among several newcomers, while the losses include Maloney, Jack Bird, Gerard Beale and Chris Heighington.
“Obviously we had a few big losses, we’ve lost a few good players and gained some along the way,” Holmes said.
“All the boys have trained well throughout the pre-season and we’ve got a game this weekend against Manly. I’m looking forward to see how everyone goes.”