It is a name that is synonymous with the Cowboys, and as the club’s most capped player, it is welcome news for all Cowboys fans – with fullback Matt Bowen eager to remain at the club for life, until the end of the 2016 season.
As the talks commence to ensure that Bowen remains at the club for life, Wayne Beavis, the manager of the Cowboys influential fullback says that plans are underway to meet with Peter Parr, the Cowboys Football Manager.
Off-contract the end of the year like some of his team-mates, Bowen is perhaps the best form of his career, making a tremendous return from two knee surgeries – as Beavis admits that the enigmatic and exciting fullback is after a long-term deal.
“We’re looking at three years, he’s still got plenty of power left in him, plenty to offer,” he said.
Whilst there will be interest from rival NRL clubs, Beavis says that the preference for the 31-year old, is to remain in Townsville.
“Second in the Dally Ms, he’ll be very much sought after,” Beavis said.
“We’ll just see what happens, but we’ll always give the Cowboys the first lick of the ice cream, so to speak.”
With the Cowboys and Parr excited at the possibility of seeing Bowen remain a one-club player, the exact length of the contract is something that still has to be discussed and considered.
“Matthew and I always had an arrangement that we would discuss how his body was after the pre-season before we went ahead and discussed anything contractual and we haven’t had that meeting with Matthew yet,” Parr said.
“Going on what he produced last year, you would have to think he’s got a bit of football left in him.
“But for a lot of players, the football is the easy part.
“It’s the wear and tear and grind of training that gets to them, not the actual playing.
“So that’s why Matthew and I agreed that we’d discus what his views are on playing at the end of pre-season.”