Aussie rugby league star switches codes to join the New York Jets

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-09 10:27:39|Editor: Liu
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SYDNEY, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Young Aussie rugby league sensation Valentine Holmes is set to switch sporting codes to join American football's New York Jets.

Announced on Tuesday by the NFL, the 23-year-old speedster will join the club as part of their International Pathway Program (IPP) after an extensive three-month training period in the U.S.

Impressing scouts with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, Holmes will now fight for a place in the 53-man playing squad before the season starts in September.

Playing as a fullback and winger for Sydney-based rugby league club, the Cronulla Sharks, Holmes also represented his country making 13 appearances for Australia.

While its still not clear what position Holmes is likely to play in American football, according to media reports he has trained as a running back, wide-receiver and punt returner.

If unsuccessful making the Jets 2019-20 playing roster, under the IPP, the Aussie hopeful will be able to remain at the club throughout the season as a practice player.

Although Holmes and his management have not spoken publicly about today's deal, last week he told Fox Sports, the New York Jets were his favorite team.

"If I had to choose, I love New York," Holmes said. "I think I'd like to go to New York, the Jets would be cool."