Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

It,COs Time for Cowboy Guns to Earn Money

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

It,COs Time for Cowboy Guns to Earn Money

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LIKE many rugby league fans, I love watching Matty Bowen play. Even at 31 years of age and in the twilight of his career, he remains 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 personal reflection on the courageous and electrifying fullback.

Given their roster, at seasonCOs start the Cowboys were considered certainties to figure in finals football. Most good judges tipped them to finish in the top four and many considered this their best chance in years to go better than their only grand final appearance, in 2005. 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. Johnathan Thurston, James Tamou and Matt Scott were on the radar of other clubs and the Cowboys had to fight hard Co and produce big dollars Co to keep them in Townsville. On the back of those signings the club also extended the contract of coach Neil Henry for another year Co until the end of 2014.

While the Cowboys sit just inside the top eight and have a 50% record this season, at no stage have they given the impression they can match it with the big guns. From what we have seen they are playing nowhere near their potential, and are a middle-of-the-table team.

Tonight is their opportunity to step up to the plate. The Rabbitohs are riding roughshod over everyone and while looking the real deal, they are certainly not unbeatable. …

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