Matt Bowen
Cowboy for life

Fan favourite Matt Bowen is closing in on becoming a North Queensland Cowboy for life.

The fullback’s manager, Wayne Beavis, was in Townsville over the weekend to continue negotiations with the NRL club – with both parties walking away feeling positive about Bowen’s chances of remaining in North Queensland.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bowen is asking for a three-year deal which would keep him at the Cowboys until the end of 2014.

“Our position is what we’ve put to them, that’s where we’re at, so it’s a matter of them coming back to us now,” Beavis said. “Hopefully it’ll all work out, he’s a local lad, he’s been there all his life, so it would be good for him to finish his career there.

“But if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.”

Beavis has previously revealed rugby union and league clubs from Australia and abroad are in the mix for Bowen’s signature, although the Hope Vale product has made it clear he would love to finish his career with North Queensland.

Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said some of the finer details of a proposed deal still needed to be ironed out, however he wanted to complete the process “either way” within the next few weeks.

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