His surname is synonymous with the North Queensland Cowboys and it will stay with the club for 2022 as Javid Bowen re-signs.

Bowen, who returned to the club ahead of the 2021 season on a train-and-trial contract, was initially offered a one-year deal.

As he recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, he made his return via the Cowboys’ feeder side, the Northern Pride.

From there, his form and an unfortunate injury to Connelly Lemuelu will see him remain a likely fixture of the side at centre.

Bowen, who hales from Hope Vale, has played in 39 games over five years and his conduct during his rehabilitation made the decision to keep him easier.

“Javid came back to us in the off-season and impressed straight away,” Cowboys Head of Football Micheal Luck said.

“Unfortunately, he suffered an injury, but the way he committed himself to his rehabilitation and the way he has performed on the field made this decision easy for us.

“He works extremely well with our coaching staff, I think we’ve seen Todd and the other coaches bring the best out of Javid as a player.”

Luck also praised the newfound maturity of Bowen this season as a big reason to retain him.

“His three games at NRL level this season have been excellent and we’ve seen a real maturity in Javid we didn’t always see in his last stint at the club, all of which lead us to sign him for another year,” Luck continued.

Newly re-signed North Queensland Cowboys centre Javid Bowen

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