Holmes made history and a significant impact late in 2015, becoming the first born and raised American to play an AFL senior game when he debuted against Geelong.
Signed by St Kilda as an International Rookie in 2013, Holmes is an athletic 203 centimetre prospect from Chicago who produced some very impressive result at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft Combine.
Holmes is a multi-talented sportsman, with a background in American Football, soccer and most recently college basketball with the Morehead State Eagles in Kentucky. Sporting ability runs deep in the family with Holmes brother Andre a Wide Receiver with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. His father and brother have also played basketball professionally in Europe.
Developing his skills and game sense to suit Australian Rules under the tutelage of St Kilda coach Alan Richardson, Holmes played with Sandringham at both Development and Senior level in the VFL in 2014 before featuring the Saints NAB Challenge campaign early in 2015.
Further consistent performances opened the door for Holmes to make an historic AFL debut, playing the final three games of the season and averaging an encouraging 25 hit outs per game. After a solid year in the VFL with Sandringham, Holmes showed his talent again on the AFL stage, playing in the Saints Round 22 and 23 wins to earn a contract extension for 2017.