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Hard-working Holmes commits to Sharks until 2026

Fiji international Talei Holmes is keen to continue building at the Sharks after signing a new two-year NRLW deal until the end of 2026.

The 24-year-old second-rower, who started in Cronulla's Tarsha Gale ranks as a teenager, played all nine games in the club's inaugural NRLW season last year.

Already contracted for 2024, Holmes is delighted to be staying in the Shire long term.

"It's amazing; I'm very excited to have another two years at Sharks," Holmes said.

"We've got a good core group of girls, so I'm really excited to have that security for the next two years at the club where I'm really enjoying my time."

Head coach Tony Herman praised Holmes' wholehearted commitment and impact.

"Talei sets an example with her work ethic on both sides of the ball," Herman said.

"We love what she contributes to the team, so it's tremendous to have her locked in as a key player. I'm excited to see her progress over the coming seasons."

Underlining her dedication, Holmes averaged 27 tackles and 100 metres per match in 2023. She credited the environment fostered by Herman and his staff.

"Tony's been amazing with us. He was very patient. There are a few girls that have extended and we've got a good core group of girls to keep going on with," she said.

While a Sky Blues jersey remains one of Holmes' ultimate goals, her focus is consistently delivering for Cronulla. The squad officially began training last week before heading to a three-day camp in Wollongong on Monday.

"It's going to be tough this pre-season, but I'm ready to rip in," Holmes said.

The Sharks kick off their NRLW campaign against the Cowboys at PointsBet Stadium on July 27. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 24.

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