Advice from Bennett comes home to roost
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