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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