Valentine’s Day for Paul Green
North Queensland coach Paul Green is about to get his man. After chasing him for months, it’s believed Cronulla Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes is set to return home to Townsville after a five-year absence.
Holmes’ current contract has an option in his favour and with the 22-year-old not happy with being switched between his preferred position of fullback and wing; Green has promised the Australian and Queensland representative a home in the number one jersey next season.
However, Cowboys staff remain wary and have both Cameron Munster and Moses Mbye in view should the deal with Munster fall apart.
Queensland tossing up between form and experience
Queensland State of Origin coaching staff are currently in the midst of a selection headache. It’s believed head coach Kevin Walters is currently tossing up whether to go with the form of Corey Oates and Valentine Holmes on the wings or stick with the more experienced and currently out of form Darius Boyd and Dane Gagai.
With Boyd and Inglis widely regarded as the greatest Centre/Wing combination in State of Origin history, it’s believed experience is the option Kevin Walters will go with… for Game I at least.
Another one on the bus
Curtis Rona will be at the Wests Tigers before June 30. After being heavily linked to the club last off-season, the former Bulldog and Cowboy has been seen at Wests HQ in recent weeks.
It’s not a done deal as of yet but I’m hearing the Tigers are edging closer and closer to securing the current Waratah’s signature with a deal expected to be reached as early as next week.