2018 Player Review - Valentine Holmes

What a year it's been for Valentine Holmes.

Starting out in a battle for the number one jersey, Val certainly made it all his own, as he ran riot throughout the back-end of the season in scintillating form.

Val was rewarded for his outstanding efforts at the Sharks annual awards night, claiming the 2018 Monty Porter Medal as Player of the Year, while he also earned the respect of his peers in being named the Tommy Bishop Player's Player.

In scooping the pool for the NRL awards, Holmes was also chosen as the Member's Player of the Year.

Val had the 'Midas touch' in 2018, seemingly able to find his way through any defensive line and shoot off down field for a game changing four-pointer.

There were 22 tries all up across the year for Val, as he broke the long-standing record for most tries in a single season by a Shark. Both he and the great David Peachey previously shared the record with 19.

The Origin period was when things really started to heat up for Holmes, as he played in all three matches, scoring four tries and kicking six goals as the shining light in a beaten Maroons side.

He returned to Club footy full of confidence, adding fuel to an already lit fire, scoring nine tries and setting up five others in the Sharks final eight games of the regular season.

He finished the year with some incredible stats, topping the NRL for line breaks (26) and kick return metres (1,494), as well as sitting second for most tries (22) and finishing fifth for run metres (4,002) and tenth for points scored (144).

 

Stats

 

Photo of the Year

This one's a little bit different, but how could we go past the moment we got to push this out for Val as he broke the all time record for most  tries in a single season by a Shark!

 

2019 - What's ahead

As we head into yet another gruelling pre-season, we're excited to see where Val takes his game in 2019. If this season is anything to go by, it's going to be yet another successful campaign for our superstar!