Wigan confirm signing of Matt Bowen

Wigan have moved to sign North Queensland Cowboys full-back Matt Bowen to fill the void left by the departing Sam Tomkins.

Bowen, 31, has scored 597 points in 270 appearances in the NRL during a one-club career to date, and has played 10 times for Queensland in State of Origin.

He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Wigan and this opportunity provides me with a whole new chapter in my playing career. I would like to thank everyone at the Cowboys for all they have done for me, I have had some fantastic times with the club and I take with me some very special memories. I would have never contemplated signing for another club in the NRL

“When I learned of Wigan’s interest it was an easy decision to make. I feel I still have a lot to offer as a player and competing in England is a new exciting challenge for me.”

Bowen made his debut at the age of 19 in 2002, and was part of the Cowboys’ 2005 Grand Final team.

Warriors head coach Shaun Wane said: “Matty Bowen is an excellent signing for us; his qualities as a top full back are recognised worldwide. His defensive game is outstanding and his ability to open up any opposition in attack with his skill and flair are second to none. 

“It is fantastic that we have been able to sign Matty and after speaking to him it is clear he has the hunger and desire to continue his success with us here at Wigan.” 

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