Valentine Holmes handed National Football League deal by New York Jets


NY announced it would be adding Valentine Holmes, a former professional rugby player from Australia's National Rugby League.

Valentine Holmes, a former professional rugby player in Australia, will join the New York Jets.

Valentine Holmes says "it's crazy" the New York Jets have given him a chance to crack the National Football League but plans on continuing to defy the doubters by making it.

But the Today show presenter failed to ask Holmes about his upcoming nuptials - the reason the former Shark is back in Australia.

It will be with a club in the AFC East division, although likely not Buffalo after fellow Pathway player Christian Wade announced he had been assigned to the Bills.

We've added Valentine Holmes as part of the @NFL's International Player Pathway program.

However, the player is ineligible to be played during their first season if they remain on the practice squad and doesn't get selected in the 53-man roster.

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Holmes will train with the Jets for the entire 2019 National Football League regular season which runs from September 5 to December 29 - by which time NRL clubs have ostensibly finalised their full-time rosters under the salary cap.

Holmes will be exempt from the Jets 90 man roster through training camp, with the team allotted an extra practice squad spot for the former Queensland representative star during the regular season.

The aims of the programme are to provide elite athletes from around the world the opportunity to train, develop and ultimately earn a chance to play in the NFL.

Holmes will also continue a strong Australian tradition at the team.

Holmes, 23, said last week he did not believe he was eligible for the draft because of his age.

"He will probably start on special teams - running the ball back from the kickoff - because that is similar to what he does back home".