Super League: Matty Bowen ready to step up for Wigan Warriors after Sam Tomkins' exit
Matty Bowen has settled in well at Wigan Warriors but knows it will be tough to replace Sam Tomkins.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 28/01/14 3:24pm
The 31-year-old Australian was signed by Wigan head coach Shaun Wane after England international full-back Tomkins joined New Zealand Warriors in the NRL.
Bowen will not be tasked with filling the void left by Tomkins on his own as youngsters Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney are also pushing for a chance in the No 1 jersey.
"I came over with an open heart willing to learn. I got to know the boys on the Florida (pre-season) trip and how we want to play. It's been great. I've fitted in well," Bowen told Sky Sports.
"Hopefully I can play some good footy and they (the fans) will get behind me. I've big shoes to fill with Sam leaving but, saying that, I'm here to play my own game and see what happens after that."
Tomkins contributed 23 tries for Wigan in Super League last season and Bowen is looking to get across the whitewash on a regular basis.
When asked about scoring tries, he continued: "I hope so. That's the plan. It doesn't always work out that way. With the structure we've got I'm sure I'll be crossing the white line a few times. Fingers crossed."
Bowen, who had previously spent his entire career with North Queensland Cowboys, has been impressed with the intensity in training of his new squad as they look to build on last year's Super League and Challenge Cup double.
He said: "Coming into pre-season you wouldn't think they did that last year. They've been training hard. They've put that all behind them now. I'm just looking forward to the start of the season.
"Then it all starts again. Whatever happened last year that's all in the past now we've got to concentrate on this year. I just can't wait to get out there and play."