Daniel Bowles (right) talks with St Albans under-12 players Zac Erlandson, Lockie Wilson and Cody Walker at training.
Daniel Bowles (right) talks with St Albans under-12 players Zac Erlandson, Lockie Wilson and Cody Walker at training. Kevin Farmer

Reds recruit visits juniors

ADELAIDE United recruit Daniel Bowles is back in Toowoomba this week enjoying a break from training before he returns to try to earn a place in the Reds' squad for the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League.

Bowles, 20, visited junior footballers at St Albans and South-West training on Tuesday night before mixing it with children at Toowoomba Grammar School yesterday.

"I went out to St Albans, my first junior club, and then I went out to Captain Cook Oval for South-West training. It was good to go out and talk with the kids and hopefully give them some motivation for if they want to make it to the top level," he said.

Bowles joined the Reds last month and has been settling in to life in Adelaide.

It is his first club outside the south-east of Queensland, after stints with Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast, and he says his new teammates have been welcoming.

Bowles is back in Toowoomba until the weekend and has five weeks off training.

He will return keen to impress new coach John Kosmina in a bid to earn a place not only in the Reds' A-League squad but the club's ACL team for the upcoming two-legged quarter-finals in September and October.

"I'm eligible for the next stages. At least when they go back for the start of pre-season it's something to work towards," he said.

Bowls and Adelaide will discover their ACL quarter-final opponents on June 14.


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