MATTY Bowen jetted out to Florida today insisting: “I can’t wait to get started.”
The full-back trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday after making a whistle-stop trip from Australia to Wigan.
He and the rest of the squad fly to America today for a warm-weather training camp.
And Bowen was impressed with his early impressions of the Warriors’ set-up at Orrell.
The former North Queensland Cowboys No.1 said yesterday: “I’m starting to learn the players’ names and I’m sure once we get to Florida we’ll get to know each other a bit better.
“The set-up is good, I had a look around and the club has got a good history. “They had the trophies in here and it’s good to be a part of such a big club.
“Now I’m here I just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s going to be a long road but I’m looking forward to it.”
Bowen, a former Queensland and Australia representative, flew in with fellow NRL recruit Eddy Pettybourne, before jetting out with the bulk of the squad to Florida today.
Australian stand-off Blake Green traveled directly from Australia, while rugby manager Kris Radlinski led an advance party for the 11-day trip.
“It’s going to be hectic, we’re off to Florida, come back and play a couple of games and then we’re off to New Zealand and then the World Club in Sydney,” said Bowen, whose family will join him in England next month. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the boys and for my first home game.”
Coach Shaun Wane confirmed that both Epa Lauaki and Andy Powell - both expected to leave the club - will not by flying to Florida.
Meanwhile, Wigan remain keen to sign Huddersfield’s Larne Patrick, as revealed in yesterday’s Evening Post.
The 25-year-old has one season remaining on his deal and is a part of coach Paul Anderson’s plans for 2014.