Bowles shows his versatility
DANIEL Bowles is hoping to impress potential suitors in the final weeks of the A-League season and he is certainly showing his versatility.
While his club Gold Coast United is in limbo after Football Federation Australia revoked Clive Palmer's A-League licence, Bowles' career has been flourishing.
The former Toowoomba junior made his first appearance in the A-League off the bench, earned his first start and has now scored his first goal.
Bowles was thrust into a right wing role for Gold Coast's away clash against Newcastle last Friday night and he made an immediate impact, scoring a well-taken first half goal to give United a 1-0 lead.
He received a through ball just outside the 18-yard box, took two touches and then calmly slotted it past Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy from just inside the box.
The 20-year-old found out the day before the match he would not be playing his customary right-back role but quipped he was always confident he could do the job as goalkeepers and defenders tend to think they can do better than strikers when given a shot up front.
"It was a good experience for myself playing out of position playing higher up the park," he said.
"I thought I was off-side at the time but it fell for me."
The goal is not only a pleasant career first but also shows other clubs the attacking talents of the young off-contract defender.
Bowles joined Gold Coast on a one-year deal last off-season so while there was uncertainty over the playing futures of many of his team mates, the former St Albans and South Hawks junior always needed to secure a new contract at season's end.
He indicated yesterday there were other clubs in the A-League interested in his services but he was keen to stay with Gold Coast should the club's future become secure beyond the final two games of the season.
"I've got a few things lined up at the moment but I'm waiting to see what happens with Gold Coast," Bowles said.
He is hopeful of securing a contract in Australia and says staying in the A-League for the foreseeable future is the right thing for his career despite the attraction for young players to find an overseas club.