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Full Back Matty Bowen is looking forward to making a quick return to playing once more in Australia this Saturday as the Warriors face Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge.

The 31 year old joined Wigan during the close season from North Queensland Cowboys after 10 great years with the one Club in the NRL and as the Warriors defeated Warrington at Old Trafford last October to represent Super League in the World Club, Bowen could hardly have been more excited knowing that with the Roosters success over Manly he would have the chance to face the team he supported as a boy in a showpiece game,

"I was a Roosters fan growing up. I played in the halves back then, and I just loved watching Brad Fittler play. Him and Adrian Lam were my heroes growing up.

"The Cowboys weren't around then and so most people in Queensland went for the Broncos, but I just loved those two players so I followed them.

"It will be good to play against them, and to play in Australia again.

"When I watched Wigan last year I was hoping they would win the Grand Final so I'd get a chance to play in the World Club.

"I've got family coming down, and I am looking forward to it."

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