Ad­vice from Ben­nett comes home to roost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Rhys O’Neill

IN­JURIES wrecked Khaele Bowen’s footy hopes in New­cas­tle, but pearls of wis­dom from NRL guru Wayne Ben­nett still ring in the ears of Moss­man’s re­turn­ing star.

Bowen, 22 next month, joins cousins Ky and Shawn in a re­mod­elled Sharks side des­tined for big­ger things in the CDRL this year.

Af­ter four years at the Knights – first in the SG Ball and then un­der-20s – Bowen chose to re­turn home in or­der to re­dis­cover his love of the 13man code.

A bro­ken an­kle and shoul­der com­plaints shaded the util­ity back’s time down south, al­though he’s adamant the stint was not wasted thanks to the ad­vice of New­cas­tle’s one­time men­tor.

“I was pretty much in­jured the first year I was there, but it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence,” Bowen said.

“When Wayne was there he’d al­ways come in to our train­ing and give us ad­vice.

“The train­ing made me a much bet­ter player and it makes you re­alise how you can get ad­vice from dif­fer­ent ar­eas.”

Spotted play­ing union in ju­niors, Bowen headed south with big ex­pec­ta­tions but re­turns with a more re­laxed at­ti­tude to footy.

“Once I was in­jured, I start- ed think­ing about com­ing home,” he said.

“I started get­ting over the sport and I wanted to be around fam­ily and friends.

“I knew I’d find the love be­ing back home with my lo­cal club.”

At 92kg, Bowen is likely to line up in the cen­tres along­side Shawn in Round 1, part of a for­mi­da­ble Moss­man back­line set to rock the CDRL.

“It’s been great be­ing back with these boys,” he said.

“Once we click we’ll go very well.

“Just from see­ing the tri­als, there was lots of flair so I look for­ward to see­ing how we go.

“Hope­fully I can stay in­jury-free and have all guns blaz­ing.”

The Sharks travel to South­ern Sub­urbs for Round 1 on April 3.

Khaele Bowen has re­turned to the Moss­man Sharks

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