Jarrod Bowen Named EFL Young Player of the Month For August

Jarrod Bowen has been named the EFL Young Player of the Month for August, after scoring four goals in just five appearances for the Tigers in the opening month of the Sky Bet Championship season.

The 20-year-old has started the season in style, having made his senior debut for the Club during the 2016/17 campaign.

Bowen - who was also voted as the Club's SportPesa Player of the Month for August - was delighted to receive the prestigious award, which has previously been won by the likes of current Premier League stars Dele Alli and Will Hughes during their younger years, and Tammy Abraham just last season.

"I'm over the moon actually," he said. "I think it shows the good month I've had that I wasn't expecting.

"I set myself a target of just one goal all season and I've already got four which is amazing. Confidence is high and that's massive for me personally, it's always been my trait since I was very young."

His target of one goal this season came on the opening weekend in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, which was also his first ever goal for the Club.

Describing the special moment he said: "I don't remember a lot about scoring my first goal to be honest.

"It was my mum's birthday so I knew my family were all at the game. I saw them in the stand and just ran towards them when I scored, I couldn't control it. My mum was in tears and my whole family was just buzzing, as was I!"

The 20 year old winger from Herefordshire signed for Hull City in 2014 when he was just 17, following his release from then conference side Hereford United. Whilst admitting it was a difficult decision to move at such a young age, he is full of praise for the Club and his experience so far in East Yorkshire.

Bowen continued: "I was so pleased when I found out about the offer for me at Hull a few years ago, but I was only 17. Moving so far away so young was very tough for me but you've got to ask yourself why you're doing it.

"I was doing it for a job that I love and I feel I've made real progress from the experience I've had so far here."

This summer, the EFL announced a commitment to invest an additional £3.5million into Youth Development over the next two seasons, providing support across a number of key areas including medical screening, Club scholarship schemes and enhanced training programmes, as well as further incentive to give English and Welsh youngsters first team opportunities.

Elsewhere, the EFL is continuing its commitment to increase opportunities for young players to progress through initiatives such as EFL Futures, a financial incentive to support EFL Clubs to improve opportunities made available to young home grown players. With a further £250,000 made available to the initiative this season, total funds available are now £1million per season.

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