Holmes returned to his place of birth after joining the NFL in April. Officially released from the New York Jets’ practice squad earlier this week, Holmes returned to Townsville to sign a six-year contract with the Cowboys reportedly worth almost a million per season.
When asked if the Cowboys had anything “left in the cap” to sign Mitchell, Green turned the conversation back to Holmes.
“I think signing Val is a pretty big story for the club, so I would probably prefer to keep the story today about that,” Green said. “I think it is great news for Valentine, great news for rugby league, and also great news for the Cowboys so I think it is good today to keep it about that.”
At the start of November, the Roosters pulled their 2021 offer to Mitchell after the 22-year-old expressed his desire to explore other options. Despite being on contract with the NRL premiers for 2020, Mitchell’s future looks to lie with either the Wests Tigers or North Queensland.
Coach Trent Robinson confirmed last week that Mitchell’s time would soon be up with the Roosters, declaring that his club needed to “move on”.
Holmes said he was eager to repay the club, after North Queensland set aside the funds to secure the ex-Cronulla Sharks star. The Cowboys waited almost a year for Holmes to drop his NFL dream and return home.
“To show that faith in me is awesome and I will try to show it back when I play,” Holmes said. “I am here to win, that is what my mindset is going to be.”