‘I’ve got your back’: proud girl­friend


KATE Brad­shaw still re­mem­bers the dev­as­ta­tion she felt last year when her boyfriend, Cow­boys for­ward Ethan Lowe, un­der­went spinal surgery.

The pre­mier­ship-win­ning star suf­fered the in­jury in his side’s first-week fi­nals loss to Mel­bourne last Septem­ber and missed the rest of the 2016 sea­son as he re­cov­ered from the pinched nerve.

Brad­shaw, who had been dat­ing Lowe for just un­der two years at the time, re­mem­bers the wave of emo­tions she went through as the sever­ity of what had hap­pened be­came known.

When he first suf­fered the in­jury in a tackle, he felt pins and needles through­out his whole body for about a minute. After the game, his fin­gers and hands were numb.

“Hear­ing the news, it was pretty dev­as­tat­ing and scary for me,” she said.

“But we stuck to­gether and I looked after him as much as I could after the surgery.”

Lowe was not cleared for full train­ing un­til Jan­uary and for the weeks im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the surgery, Brad­shaw be­came his main carer, with Lowe’s mum also help­ing out.

Lowe, who will meet Mel­bourne again in to­mor­row’s NRL grand fi­nal, said he was re­stricted in what he could do, but he had the best help.

“Hav­ing Kate there to run around after me and look after me and bring me food, it was nice,” he said. “I’d just ring the bell and she’d just rock up with food or drinks or what­ever I needed.”n

For Brad­shaw, the ex­pe­ri­ence made the pair an even stronger cou­ple.

She will be sit­ting in the stands at ANZ Sta­dium to­mor­row, ready to cheer Lowe on as he aims to claim his sec­ond pre­mier­ship in three years.

And she said she could not be prouder of her boyfriend and what he had over­come.

TEAM: Ethan Lowe and Kate Brad­shaw. Pic­ture: Adam Head

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