Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ita[euro][TM]s Time for Cowboys to Earn Their Money

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ita[euro][TM]s Time for Cowboys to Earn Their Money

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LIKE many rugby league fans, I love watching Matty Bowen play. Even at 31 and in the twilight of his career, he is one of the most exciting runners of the football in the NRL.

Bowen is off contract at the end of this season, his 13th in the NRL. Although there have been suggestions he might head to England to finish his career, it seems incomprehensible that the little bloke from Cape York would cop that weather, even though the bulk of the English season is played during their summer.

But the Cowboys seem reluctant to sign him just yet, which might well be a team tactic rather than a reflection on the electrifying fullback.

Given their roster, at seasonas start the Cowboys were considered certainties to figure in finals football. And while the season may only be relatively young, the cold hard facts are that the Cowboys have failed to reach those anticipated heights.

A train of thought exists that securing some of their big guns to long-term deals earlier in the year may well have created an unconscious comfort zone. …

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