Cowboys fullback Bowen re-signs until 2013
North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen has ignored overtures from England and re-signed with the NRL club until "at least" the end of the 2013 season.
Ending months of speculation, the Cowboys announced on Wednesday that the North Queensland record holder for most club games played would remain for at least another two years.
"This is a great club to be part of and being a North Queensland boy, it's just special being part of the Cowboys," Bowen said.
"We have a great list of talent here, and coming through our under-20s and junior programs, so I'm looking forward to being part of it for the next two years."
UK Super League club Widnes had enquired about Bowen and rugby union had also shown interest.
Cowboys boss Peter Parr couldn't hide his delight after securing the former test livewire.
"To many people, Matthew epitomises the Cowboys," he said.
"He is a very popular man not only in North Queensland, but in the rugby league world in general, for what he brings to our game.
"His career has been a great story and we're happy it's going to continue with us.
"I'm sure there are going to be thousands of people excited to hear that Matthew will be staying at the Cowboys."
Earlier this year, Bowen broke life member Paul Bowman's record for most NRL games played for the Cowboys and on Friday night against Canterbury, he will play his 220th game for the club.
The Cowboys also announced on Wednesday the signing of Sydney Roosters centre Kane Linnett on a two-year deal beginning next year.