Cowan to play in Kapiti


The top Kapiti Coast United men’s side have re­in­forced their bid to avoid rel­e­ga­tion by lur­ing vet­eran Adam Cowan to the club.

Cowan joined the Cap­i­tal Pre­mier league side last month, two weeks af­ter leav­ing Cen­tral League team Wairarapa United.

He holds the record for the most ASB Pre­mier­ship caps, hav­ing played more than 160 games, mostly for the now-de­funct YoungHeart Manawatu, but also for Team Welling­ton.

Cowan has played all over the pitch dur­ing his ca­reer, but has gen­er­ally been used as a cen­tral mid­fielder by KCU player-coach Magno Vieira.

He said he was lured to the club by Vieira, who he played with last year at Wairarapa United.

‘‘He was sort of plead­ing me to come. It’s cool. The boys are a laugh and we’re try­ing to pick up points where we can.’’

KCU sit nine points be­hind eighth-placed Mi­ra­mar Rangers, with five games to go. The bot­tom two sides are rel­e­gated.

Since leav­ing Wairarapa, Cowan has been build­ing his house out­side Palmerston North. He com­mutes to play in the week­ends, but does not train with the team.

Vieira said he was happy to bring Cowan in on a play-only ba­sis, but hoped he would train if he stays next sea­son.

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