Hull City

Bowler Happy To Play The Patient Game

17 October 2019
Josh Bowler says he is happy to bide his time as he waits for chances to break into Grant McCann’s starting line-up.

The on-loan Everton winger has featured in nine of Hull City’s 13 games in all competitions this season but is still awaiting his first league start in black and amber due to the scintillating form of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki in the wide positions.

However, Bowler insists his lack of minutes hasn’t prevented him from enjoying his time at the KCOM Stadium to-date.

“I’m three months into my loan here at Hull City now and I have to say that I am really enjoying my time here,” he said.

“The group of players here is great to be a part of and I’ve been made to feel at home, so it all feels natural even though it is my first time experiencing the daily nature of senior football.

“The staff here have been top class, too, and it has felt like a natural progression in terms of coming out on loan. I needed this challenge, not just in terms of trying to get game time but also in terms of coming up against top class, experienced players in training every day.

“That is something that can only help to improve me as a player and one of the many reasons why I am so excited about the next six or seven months here.

“Obviously I’d love to be starting more games with the majority of my appearances coming from the bench so far, but I also fully understand that this club has two of the best wingers in this division and learning from Jarrod and Kamil is going to be an important part of my time here.

“I knew it wouldn’t be easy getting ahead of those two in terms of playing time, but they were two players that I identified that I could learn from before coming here. Training with them every day is making me a better player and, as I’m still only young, the fact that I have been getting some minutes in the Championship is a major positive for me and I am always ready whenever I am needed.

“The gaffer has been really good with me and is always willing to talk through what I need to do to improve as a player and analyses what I’m doing in training each day. I know that if I can make an impact when he brings me on from the bench, it will give me a chance of playing more minutes.

“He has been very positive for me and has said that my chance will come in what is a long season, so I have to remain focussed and look to take every chance I get.”

Bowler will be hoping for the chance to impress this weekend when his former club provides the opposition for the Tigers at the KCOM Stadium.

While revealing he has nothing but happy memories of his time at Queens Park Rangers – who handed him his first taste of senior football at the age of 18 on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign – the 20-year-old was adamant his only focus is on helping his current club pick up what would be three valuable Championship points.

“I was there for four or five years and they gave me my debut in senior football as an 18-year-old against Norwich City on the final day of the 2016/17 season,” he added.

“I only have happy memories of my time there and a lot of the lads that I played with in the youth team are now doing well at senior level so I’m looking forward to hopefully playing against some of them on Saturday.

“It’s all about Hull City for me, though, and we’ll be going out there looking for three points from the game.”