Whilst the money is good in the mines, Lowe feels that his journey in rugby league would have been left incomplete, and it would not have ended on the terms that he wanted it to.
In 2010 however, the 28-year old is back in the NRL, after he was given a life-line by the ailing South Sydney Rabbitohs, as they suffer from a mountain of injuries to their front-row stocks.
After playing well in 2010 for the Bunnies, his good form caught the eye of Storm coach Craig Bellamy, who was looking to recruit forwards, in light of the Storm’s cap scandal, and Lowe was a man on their list.
”I was quite content on calling it quits [at the end of last season]. I haven’t died wondering. I had done the whole loop and got back to where I wanted to be and I was happy to leave it at that and move on with my life,” Lowe said.
”I had job interests outside of footy and then I ended up playing a half decent game and Melbourne got in contact; funnily enough we ended up playing them a couple of weeks later and I spoke to [coach] Craig [Bellamy] and [football operation manager] Frank Ponissi after the game and nutted out something that I was happy with and the rest is history, I suppose.”
Lowe is primarily, playing off the bench for the Storm, a role that he will again assume in their clash with the Broncos tonight, said that he knows that many people have labelled him washed-up, but he knows that in Melbourne, several players have come back to make a name for themselves.
”I’m really enjoying it,” Lowe said.
‘At the start of the year I wasn’t too happy with my form and I was questioning what the hell I was doing, but I look back now and I’m just keen on playing out the rest of the year and doing as good as I can for Melbourne and fingers crossed things will happen.’