Matty Bowen set to leave Wigan Warriors at the end of the season
Last Updated: 14/07/15 5:48pm
Veteran Australian full-back Matty Bowen will leave Wigan at the end of the Super League season.
Bowen, who has made 40 appearances for the Warriors, will not be offered another contract extension at the DW Stadium.
Wigan boast an embarrassment of riches at full-back, with returning hometown hero Sam Tomkins set to compete with Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney for a starting place next season.
Head Coach Shaun Wane praised Bowen’s performances and professionalism over the course of the last two campaigns.
"I've not had a discussion with him about whether he's going to crack on for next year but I've heard he might be going around," Wane said.
"We've got Sam [Tomkins] coming back next year so we're covered but I do like Mango [Bowen]. He's been good for us.
"His attitude to being dropped speaks volumes for his character. He spends time with Lewis [Tierney] and Rocky [Ryan Hampshire] and not many people would do that.
"He's a fantastic professional, a good bloke and easy to coach. He's unassuming and perfect for our environment."
Bowen has featured for Wigan in every one of their last seven matches, including a try-scoring performance against Leeds Rhinos last week.
However, Wane hinted that the former North Queensland Cowboy was likely to start on the bench against the Widnes Vikings on Friday.
"I might give him a rest and see how Rocky does,” Wane said.
"Matty has been very, very good but he's the wrong side of 30 and I need to look after him."
Wigan are currently third in the Super League table - two points behind league leaders Leeds with two rounds remaining in the regular season.