The Courier-Mail

Lowe on a high af­ter Green light

- PETER BADEL

PROMIS­ING back-rower Ethan Lowe has re­vealed how a heart-to-heart with coach Paul Green stopped him quit­ting the Cowboys to de­fect to Queens­land ri­vals the Ti­tans.

When Lowe runs out to face the Ti­tans tonight in Townsville, it will trig­ger mem­o­ries of the tug of war the Gold Coast and North Queens­land waged for his sig­na­ture this sea­son.

The Ti­tans launched a furtive poach­ing bid for Lowe in May, tabling a lu­cra­tive three­year deal. Off con­tract and with no guar­an­tees from the Cowboys, Lowe was ready to ac­cept the fi­nan­cial car­rot.

Pri­vately, the Ti­tans’ re­cruit­ment arm be­lieved they had their man, with Lowe con­sid­ered a key back-row plank in the Coast’s re­build­ing phase.

But Green pounced at the 11th hour, spruik­ing his Cowboys vi­sion and the 24-yearold’s role in his mas­ter­plan.

Within days of the meet­ing, Lowe went cold on the Ti­tans’ over­tures, sign­ing a one-year ex­ten­sion with the Cowboys.

And while the Ti­tans’ of­fer was vastly su­pe­rior, Green helped Lowe see the big­ger pic­ture – that money could not buy hap­pi­ness and premier­ship suc­cess.

“There were a few sides in­ter­ested, not just the Ti­tans,” Lowe said.

“But I think at this stage of my ca­reer, it’s best for my football to be in Townsville, so I de­cided to stay. I felt with the ros­ter we’ve got here and the fu­ture we’ve got here, this is the best place for me to im­prove as a foot­baller.”

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