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Holmes needs to show he wants Origin: Qld

Holmes needs to show he wants Origin: Qld
Valentine Holmes scores on his Test debut against New Zealand in Perth. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.

A State of Origin ban on Valentine Holmes has finally been lifted by Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

Now Walters wants Holmes to show him how much a Maroons jersey means to him after a controversial NFL trial in the United States.

Cronulla's Holmes is again eligible for Queensland duty after being included in Walters' 2017 Emerging Maroons squad.

Holmes was among eight players slapped with 12-month Origin bans for breaking curfew at January's Emerging Maroons camp.

Walters said there were no hard feelings with Holmes over the camp controversy.

But he wanted Holmes to indicate that Origin and not NFL was his priority after his much publicised trial with Jason Taumalolo in Los Angeles.

"If he does make the Queensland side next year it has got to be really important to him," Walters said.

"I have had every indication in the past that he wants to play for Queensland.

"We will assume he will be ready to go next year if called on."

Walters warned Holmes that his 2016 heroics would be hard to follow.

Despite being banned from Origin, Holmes made his international debut for Australia in their triumphant Four Nations campaign after featuring in Cronulla's historic NRL premiership.

"Valentine is one of those rare ones who has played for his country before his state," Walters said.

"The pressure will be on for him to repeat the form he showed this year, to break his way into the Origin line-up."

Walters welcomed back Holmes, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt, Anthony Milford, Edrick Lee, Dylan Napa and Jarrod Wallace to the squad despite the early 2016 controversy.

The seven players plus Penrith's Chris Grevsmuhl all copped Origin bans for breaking camp curfew.

Grevsmuhl was not considered for the 2017 camp after leaving the NRL last month to deal with personal issues.

Walters believed the players returning from their bans had all learned their lesson.

"They showed that on the field and in the conversations we have had with them post-Origin," he said.

"We have seen lots of good progress from all of them."

 

 

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