Brisbane Roar bring home Young and Bowles
Goalkeeper Young, 28, returns to Brisbane more than a decade after leaving for England as a teenager.
Meanwhile, the return of 22-year-old Bowles, reunites the defender with coach Mike Mulvey, who he spent a year under at the now defunct Gold Coast United.
Both have signed two-year contracts, meaning they’ll remain in orange until the end of the 2015/16 season.
At the same time, the club has announced the early release of Julius Doe Davies, 19, who has joined Liga I outfit, Otelul Galati, in Romania.
Young played for a range of clubs during his 13-year stint in the United Kingdom, making over 245 professional appearances.
He represented England at various youth levels but is also an Australian citizen.
“I’m very pleased to be playing for my hometown club,” said Young, who played his junior football for Albany Creek, Pine Hills, Eastern Suburbs and Queensland Academy of Sport.
“For a footballer, there’s a special meaning playing for a club that represents where you’re from and where you grew up and that gives me special incentive to work hard and play well for Brisbane Roar.”
Bowles was part of Brisbane Roar’s inaugural National Youth League team back in 2008 and played a key role in the youth set-up before joining the club’s senior team which won the 2010/11 Premiership and Championship double.
He had a stint at Gold Coast before joining Adelaide United for two seasons. Bowles has also represented Australia at the U20 level.
“I’m really happy to be back in Brisbane, playing for the Roar,” Bowles said.
“Spending three years away from home has helped me mature as a footballer both on and off the field and I’m looking forward to the next two seasons here.”
Mulvey is familiar with the strengths of both players and welcomed their addition to the squad.
“I’m really pleased both Jamie and Daniel have decided to sign for us,” he said.
“This club recognises the responsibility we have to the state and it’s important for us to have proud Queenslanders representing the orange jersey.
“Both players will add depth and quality to our squad ahead of what will be a big season.”