North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green has dropped a bomb on the eve of the Perth Nines with a startling admission about one of the game’s best players.
The 2020 Perth Nines tournament are set to kick of two days of intense attacking NRL action as the first sign of footy season nears.
Fans will get their first look at their teams ahead of the NRL season, while plenty of current and former stars will grace the field across the two-day tournament.
It will also give Perth another chance to shine as calls for expansion to the state grow.
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7:05pm – NRLW – New Zealand Warriors Vs Sydney Roosters
7:30pm – NRL – Penrith Panthers Vs Sydney Roosters
7:55pm – NRL – New Zealand Warriors Vs Newcastle Knights
8:20pm – NRL – Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Parramatta Eels
8:45pm – NRL – St George Illawarra Dragons Vs Cronulla Sharks
9.15pm – NRL – Canberra Raiders Vs Gold Coast Titans
9:40pm – NRL – Wests Tigers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
10:05pm – NRL – North Queensland Cowboys Vs Brisbane Broncos
10:30pm – NRL – Melbourne Storm Vs Manly Sea Eagles
10:55pm – NRLW – Brisbane Broncos Vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Shock move for Cowboys' $5 million star
But despite forking out a reported $5 million for six seasons in North Queensland, the side may start Holmes from the wing.
While he admitted Holmes had settled well, returning to his ideal playing weight of 90kg, Green said he wants to take the pressure off, even offering to start Holmes on the wing.
"There is that option there so we'll see how he goes," Green said in Perth ahead of the NRL Nines.
"My biggest concern was how he handled the transition back into NRL (training) which was a bit different to NFL, how he'd been training.
"But he's handled that really well so we'll see how we go.
"Probably the (biggest hurdle for Holmes) is the climate. He's coming out of a winter in New York into a summer in North Queensland.
"He's coming into the prime of his career so he's handled the training well."
Green is looking to trial Holmes at the back and is set to give him a chance in the No. 1 jersey in one of the teams' two pre-season matches.
– with AAP
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