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Young gun Valentine Holmes has overcome a corked thigh and has been declared fit to take his place in the Sharks side to play the Cowboys tomorrow.

Holmes suffered the injury in the early stages of the Sharks win over Souths and battled on in completing 50 minutes of the elimination final before being forced from the field, with scans on Monday revealing blood clotting resulting from the severe cork.

After sitting out the majority of training on Wednesday, Holmes was back on deck today, training strongly at the Captain’s Run before heading for the airport and a flight to Townsville.

“I felt good at training today and I’m ready to go in Townsville tomorrow night,” Holmes said. “I’ve worked hard with the medical staff here at the Sharks this week and they’re happy with the way the injury has recovered.

“I’m relieved it has responded as well as it has and I’m really looking forward to playing a big game back in my home town.”

Immediately after training Holmes joined his teammates on a bus to the airport and was due to board a flight bound for Townsville shortly after.

After declaring Holmes a certain starter Coach Shane Flanagan also explained that Andrew Fifita had overcome the back spasms which plagued his return to the field last week and he too would be on deck for the semi-final clash with the Cowboys.

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