Bowen’s best is yet to come

Wigan's Matty Bowen
Wigan's Matty Bowen
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SHAUN Wane reckons Wigan fans have yet to see the best of Matty Bowen.

The electric No.1 has proved a hit since switching from the NRL and yesterday signed to stay on for 2015.

Wane has been pleased with his white-hot form – but is demanding more from the former Kangaroos full-back.

He said: “He’s improving each week and I think that will continue, game by game he’s got better and he’s killing it now.

“I’ve seen him do some outstanding things in the NRL over the years, and I keep saying, ‘I want you to back yourself, I want the unbelievable tries you’ve scored’.

“I want him to try different things.”

Former North Queensland Cowboys ace Bowen, 31, has scored 13 tries in 17 appearances and has helped sharpen the skills of his potential successors, Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney.

“There aren’t many chances you get to sign someone of his quality, and it’s a positive for Rocky and Lewis to work with him and learn from him,” added Wane.

“They’ll get chances this year and next, and they’ll learn more from Mango, they’ll be better for it.” Bowen will not be able to toast his new deal at the DW Stadium this Friday.

A shoulder injury has ruled him out of the visit of Hull FC, with Tierney set to deputise in his first Wigan appearance of the year.

He was yesterday named Championship Player of the Week for a starring display on dual-registration at Workington.

WIGAN could be without Eddy Pettybourne and Joe Burgess for the next few weeks.

Scans confirmed prop Pettybourne suffered a broken jaw in the 36-16 victory in Catalan.

And coach Shaun Wane should find out tomorrow how long winger Burgess may be sidelined for, after he has had a pre-op procedure on a knee cartilage problem suffered last weekend.

“They’ll go in and have a look, but it could be several weeks – maybe longer,” said Wane “With Eddy, it will be four to six weeks, which is disappointing.”

Pettybourne was playing only his second game since returning from a long injury spell.

They may be replaced by Ben Flower and Dom Manfredi.

FORMER Warriors winger Pat Richards was yesterday named in Wests Tigers’ fictitious best team of the last 15 years. Richards, a Grand Final winner at the NRL club in 2005 before moving to Wigan, has been a revelation on his 
return.