Doug, sorry David, keen to stay on

On the burst: David Gower is looking to cement his place in the Eels NRL team. Pictures: Getty Images
On the burst: David Gower is looking to cement his place in the Eels NRL team. Pictures: Getty Images

MOST stories about David Gower usually start with two things: his uncanny resemblance to Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger or how he was named after former England cricket captain, David Gower.

This story is going to start with a laugh. A chuckle. A quiet smirk even.

The response from Gower after the idea of him being a journeyman was brought up.

"I'm just a classic battler testing out what the NRL has to offer," he joked.

"But Parramatta is a great club from what I have experienced and hopefully if I continue to play well and I can stay here in the long term."

Long term and Gower don't usually go together.

As a 20-year-old he went from Jersey Flegg at Balmain to the Salford Reds in England in 2006.

He came back and bounced around the lower grades with Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers before making his NRL debut in the final round of 2009 for the Wests Tigers — the same year he was named the NSW Cup MVP.

After being named in the NSW Cup Team of the Year in 2010, he made the shift to St George Illawarra where he made seven appearances in the Red V across two years and even found himself on loan to the Dapto Canaries.

In 2013 he was again on the move; this time to the northern beaches where he played 12 games for Manly — including last year's grand final.

This year he made what he hoped to be his final move to Parramatta.

"Brad [coach Brad Arthur] knew my game from Manly and gave me a couple things to improve my game so I can feature in the 17 every week and I have been working hard on those to improve my game," said Gower, who has played 23 NRL games in five years, with four different clubs.

"I try to play with effort, enthusiasm and energy in everything I do and hopefully I can get more opportunities to play in the NRL.

"There is a great bunch of blokes here and we are all working towards the same goal and that's something I want to be a part of."

After two games for Wentworthville, Gower has now played three straight games in the blue golds — including the Eels 25-18 win against Brisbane.

He is hoping he can stick around in the top grade for the rest of the year.

A bit like his nickname.

"Jack de Belin came up with it when I was at the Dragons," he said.

"We were watching the cricket at the physio and he saw Dougie Bollinger bowling and gave me the nickname."


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