Power locks in key forward Cowan

CDHBU has landed one of the boom recruits of the off season by signing triple Central District premiership key forward Luke Cowan for next season.

Cowan, 33, played in a hat-trick of flags for the SANFL powerhouse in 2003-05 and has spent the past three seasons with Waiaa in the South-East division of the Picola league.

He won the Pearce Medal for the league best and fairest in 2011.

The 192-centimetre forward booted 200 goals in three seasons with the Bombers including 92 last year.

Cowan is the second big name to join the Power after Corowa-Rutherglen speedster Nathan Rhodes signed last month.

CDHBU football manager, Paul Rippingale, said the arrival of Cowan would be invaluable as the club tried to build on its maiden final appearance this year since joining the Hume league in 2008.

“The club is ecstatic to sign Luke,” Rippingale said.

“To land a key forward and the experience he will bring is fantastic news.

“We are just trying to earn some respect within the league and to play finals for the first time this year is a step in the right direction.

“Making finals makes you hungry for success and signing Luke will give us a huge lift.

“I definitely think we are on the right track.”

Cowan resides in Yarrawonga and played 113 senior games with Central District and has also had a stint with Numurkah.

CDHBU lacked another strong marking target in attack this season to complement veteran full-foward Doug Lavis, who finished with 41 goals.

The Power relied heavily on medium-sized forwards Corey Smith, Jeremy Stevenson and Joel Rippingale to kick a winning score.

In a further boost to the Power remaining a finals force there is yet to be any confirmed departures.

CDHBU will travel to Urana Road Oval to take on the Murray Magpies for its season opener on March 29 in an intriguing clash with the Magpies widely tipped to be one of the league’s big improvers.

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