Saints sign up Holmes for another season
Wednesday, October 26 2016 @ 10:09 PM ACDT
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Jason Holmes’ AFL dream is set to continue with the Illinois-born big man offered a one-year contract with the club.
Holmes was recruited as St Kilda’s international selection with pick No. 36 at the 2014 Rookie Draft and was the first born and raised American to make an AFL debut in Round 21, 2015. He is also the first American to play in two AFL seasons.
Elevated in Round 9 this year, Holmes has earnt a permanent spot on the senior list after stepping up for the last two games of the 2016 season in Tom Hickey’s absence.
The former college basketballer has made five AFL appearances over the past two seasons and will remain part of the Saints’ talented ruck department with Hickey, Longer and Pierce until at least the end of 2017.
St Kilda Chief Operating Officer Ameet Bains says the club is pleased to secure Holmes’ services for 2017 and praised the Chicago native for his dedication to learning his craft.
“We’re thrilled to have Jason commit to the club for another year as we think he’s made great strides in his development over his three seasons at the Saints,” Bains said.
“Jason is a rapid learner and strong competitor, and is a valuable part of our talented ruck team.”
After initially being identified at the AFL's combine in LA in 2014, Holmes played metro footy in Chicago before being signed by the Saints.