MATTY Bowen is preparing for an emotional farewell from the DW Stadium.
Win or lose, the Australian full-back will be playing his last home game for Wigan in their sudden-death showdown against Huddersfield this Thursday night.
I know this will be by final home game – but hopefully it won’t be my last game for WiganMatty Bowen
The Warriors banked a home semi-final with a comprehensive 47-12 victory against Castleford last Friday night, in which Bowen was outstanding.
Now, they stand just 80 minutes away from a third successive Grand Final appearance.
“I’ve loved it here,” said Bowen, who has family over from Australia.
“It’s coming to the end now and I want to finish on a high.
“We knew we had to win (against Castleford) to get the home semi, whether it got us the league leaders or not.
“We’ve been playing well and we’re heading in the right direction, and we’ll concentrate on us and I can’t wait to get back here.
“I’ve loved playing at the DW in front of our fans,I know this will be by final home game – but hopefully it won’t be my last game for Wigan.”
Bookmakers have installed Wigan as slight favourites but Bowen says there will be no danger of them underestimating their opponents, who have never reached the Grand Final.
“Huddersfield have showed over the last two months what they can do, they’re playing well and I’m sure they’ll be up for it,” the former Kangaroos international said.
Bowen, who is being replaced by Sam Tomkins next year, is heading home at the end of the season.
He is expected to take up a mentoring role within the Aboriginal community, and has ruled out the prospect of playing on when he returns home.
“No mate, I’ve had enough I think,” the 33-year-old smiled.
“I’ve enjoyed my time, I’ll enjoy my last couple of games here.”
Meanwhile, John Bateman will be fit to play against the
Giants, Shaun Wane said last night.
Bateman missed the win against the Tigers with a hamstring strain.
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