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How social media reacted to Valentine Holmes signing with the Jets

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9th April, 2019

So, it’s official. Former NRL star Valentine Holmes has made the grade in the NFL’s international players pathways program and has a deal with the New York Jets. Predictably, social media has blown up.

He may not play in the 2019 regular season under his deal, but will be part of the practice squad and take part in pre-season games.

The dream of playing in the NFL is well and truly alive for the 23-year-old, who had a short but decorated career in the NRL, which included representative honours for both Queensland and Australia.

The former NRL star returned to Australia yesterday after the international player combine, and it didn’t take long for the Australian media to call him out for not talking.

ESPN journalist Laurie Horesh was just one of many lining up to take a shot at the Australian media for their reaction.


Holmes will be joined at the Jets by fellow Australian Lachlan Edwards. It doesn’t take an expert to know where all the attention will be though.

Australian media outlets weren’t the only ones in the firing line, with Holmes branded a rugby player, rather than a rugby league one, and US media organisations seemingly not caring to correct their mistake.

Former London Broncos academy player Benji Hammonds also took to social media, calling rugby league players the most versatile athletes there are.


It didn’t take long for some to predict Australian fans would get behind Holmes and the Jets throughout the season.

Some were also asking whether the signing of the Aussie was a marketing ploy to try and increase the popularity of the sport down under, where it has traditionally struggled to gain a strong foothold.


Of course, some could also see the funny side of the team name.

Meanwhile, North Queensland Cowboys supporters will be struggling with the news, given there were reports Holmes would sign for the club in the coming days or weeks.