Holmes silent on future after touchdown in Sydney
A tight-lipped Valentine Holmes touched down in Sydney on Monday morning after completing the NFL's International Pathways Program.
The former NRL superstar returned home after spending three months in the United States preparing for the Pro Day testing, which he completed last week.
Holmes' trip back to Australia following the Pro Day was always planned but there is speculation Holmes will be making a major announcement about his immediate playing future after it was revealed his management had been shopping around the announcement to the highest bidder.
However, Holmes refused to divulge any further details when quizzed by reporters at Sydney Airport this morning.
"Sorry guys, I can't say anything," he said.
It's believed the former Cronulla fullback impressed scouts during his testing last week. He impressed in the 40-yard dash - where he posted 4.45 seconds - and in the three-cone shuttle drill.
HOLMES' NFL DREAM HITS A HURDLE
Valentine Holmes' bid to make it in the NFL has struck a last minute hurdle following the collapse of an NFL second division competition in the United States.
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) was like a NSW Cup competition.
Last Friday the AAF was shut down for financial and officials announced players were free to sign with NFL franchises.
This mean Holmes faces much stiffer competition to get a full-time contract.
The North Queensland Cowboys have been monitoring the situation closely. They'll get him if they can reach a financial agreement with the Sharks.
- By Phil Rothfield
SCOUTS PRAISE HOMES' WORKOUT
One-by-one the NFL scouts filed out of the cavernous Tampa Bay Buccaneers' indoor practice facility in Florida after watching Valentine Holmes show off his speed, agility and ability to catch high balls.
Most were impressed with the former NRL star's 90-minute session. "I think he had a really good workout," a scout, who asked not to be identified, told AAP.
Another summed up Holmes as "a good mover, athletic and showed his versatility in running and catching the ball".
One other scout was not so interested.
"Which one was Valentine?" the scout, pointing to Holmes and the six other international athletes selected for the NFL International Pathway Program, asked.
The most positive sign that Holmes's decision to quit the NRL and pursue an NFL contract could pay off occurred after most scouts had left the facility. At the far end of the airconditioned indoor field, Holmes and a Minnesota Vikings scout were alone locked in a conversation.
They spoke for 10 or so minutes.
"It was a good workout," was all the Minnesota scout would say on his way out to the car park.
Holmes said the scouts he spoke to wanted to know about his American football background.
The former Cronulla Sharks' ace has never played a game and only put on a helmet and pads to practice in January.
"They actually asked if I had played this game before and I said, 'No, I've only been here (in the US) for 11 weeks'," Holmes said.
"They were pretty surprised how quickly I had picked the game up." Scouts are a secretive bunch and their assessments of players confidential. They declined to say what Holmes's key 40-yard dash time was. His weigh-in did confirm he has stacked on 3kg of muscle above last year's NRL playing weight.