You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Taumalolo, Holmes set to test NFL interest

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

The NFL has trumpeted the participation of NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes in a free agent combine in Los Angeles next week.

Kiwis international Taumalolo and Kangaroos winger Holmes flew together from London on Monday immediately after squaring off against each other in the Four Nations final.

Taumalolo and Holmes are signed with the same player agent company, Pacific Sports Management, who described the trial as an "NFL sporting experience".

They said both players had received interest from NFL franchises throughout the year, and had departed for the US with their NRL clubs' blessing.

"It is a tremendous sporting experience that both players are excited about, they will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic ability and meet some interesting people," Pacific Sports said on Monday.

"We have been completely transparent with both the Sharks and the Cowboys, who have been terrific about it and very supportive."

The NFL Management Council informed clubs of the trial to be held on November 26.

"Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes, two of the best players in Australia's National Rugby League, have scheduled a work-out for NFL clubs this Saturday," a statement obtained by the Roar said.

"These players are considered NFL free agents and are eligible to sign with clubs after the club has received written permission from the player's National Rugby League club."

Dally M award-winning North Queensland forward Taumalolo has the backing of his club.

"The North Queensland Cowboys are aware that player Jason Taumalolo is returning from the Four Nations tournament via the USA where he will undergo testing in front of NFL scouts," the club said.

Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman hosed down the developments, denying it was an official trial and was given assurances that Holmes would only be participating in non-contact activities.

"It's not an official trial, don't believe in that hogwash," Gorman told AAP.

"He told us about it two weeks, he's gone with our blessing while he's on leave. He's due back after Christmas."

Taumalolo and Holmes are believed to be deep into negotiations to remain with their NRL clubs beyond the end of the 2017 season.

However the latest development could throw a spanner in the works, and comes less than a year after South Sydney forward Thomas Burgess tested with New York Giants.

The Rabbitohs prop also went with his club's blessing, and returned to play in the 2016 season.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon