Manly forward heads to the Eels for 2014 season

David Gower

He has played for a few clubs now and had some success as a player – including a grand final appearance this year at the Manly Sea Eagles – but the Eels have strengthened their forwards roster, signing David Gower on a 1-year deal.

Gower, who has played for the Tigers, the Dragons and Manly in the past, was grateful for the chance to play in a grand final and is now looking forward to playing for the Eels.

“I was lucky enough to play in the Grand Final last season and playing with such an experienced team at Manly is something I am very grateful for,” said Gower.

“Hopefully I can bring some of those positives to Parramatta.”

Turning down a deal to play in England to sign with the Eels, Gower sees it has a new challenge and a new opportunity and to make matters easier for him, some family of his is based in the West, as he eyes a potential long-term move to the area.

“I had a few options overseas but this came up and I am taking it as a real opportunity. I am really excited about turning up to training on Monday ready to rip in with the boys,” he said.

“My wife and I grew up out west so moving back is not too different for me.”

“My wife and four-month-old daughter Amelia will be moving to the Baulkham Hills area as we have some family there, and hopefully settling long term.”

With competition for spots set to kick-in come pre-season, there are plenty of players vying for open spots at the Eels and Gower knows that he will have to work hard to earn a spot in the 17.

“My major goal is to secure a spot in the 17, but that will not be a walk in the park,” Gower said.

“There is some great competition for spots at the Eels right now and I am going to have to prove myself starting Monday.”

With today his first day of training at his new club, there will be a familiar face for him, with Gower knowing Eels head coach Brad Arthur well, having worked with him at Manly whilst he was an assistant coach.

“Obviously I worked with Brad at Manly and am really looking forward to reuniting with him at Parramatta as the Head Coach,” said Gower.

“I got on well with him because he was always straight up and honest and took time to show me the little things I could do to improve my game.”

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