12. Ryan Bowman

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Having travelled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to further his footballing ambitions striker Ryan Bowman is now forging a career in Lanarkshire with the Steelmen.

The 6ft 2in forward joined Motherwell during the 2016 summer window – putting pen to paper on deadline day when he signed a two-year deal with the club.

Ryan progressed through the ranks of his home-town club Carlisle United and after impressing at youth and reserve level was rewarded with his first professional contract.

His senior debut however came whilst on loan at non-league Workington Town in February 2010, a side he would rejoin in a similar loan deal in October of the same year.

Sandwiched in between those spells with The Reds was his Carlisle debut against Bristol Rovers in League One on 02 April ’10.

In 2011 Ryan left Brunton Park and joined Darlington. Around eighteen months into his spell with the Quakers financial difficulties put the club’s future in jeopardy and several months of turmoil ensued, with the Darlo players released from their contracts and those who remained completing the season by playing on a non-contract basis. It was little wonder then that the season concluded with Darlington being relegated.

Bowman was however able to remain in the English Conference, his performances with the Quakers impressing sufficiently to attract the attention of Hereford.

After a single season with the Bulls Ryan returned to League football when he signed for York City on a two year deal. His stay on the south coast however would last just a single season and he was once more on his way back north, this time to join Gateshead.

With a steady goalscoring return in the top tier of the English non-league set Bowman produced his best return yet in his opening season with Gateshead netting twenty league and cup goals, and by the time he had netted three in the opening seven league games in season 16’17 Ryan was already well aware of interest from Motherwell.

Completing his move to Motherwell the step up to the Scottish top flight proved to be a challenge for Ryan as indeed was the quest for a regular starting place with Mark McGhee, and thereafter Stephen Robinson, generally opting for the tried and trusted partnership of Louis Moult and Scott McDonald up front.

After making his ‘Well debut in Motherwell’s 1-1 draw with Ross County in Dingwall on 10 September ’16, Ryan would go on to net twice before the close of the season in away matches at Aberdeen and Inverness.

With a full pre-season’s work behind him the Englishman started the new campaign in impressive form netting in three successive pre-season matches and scoring two quick-fire goals against Queen’s Park in the Betfred League Cup tie at Hampden Park. 

Forming a productive partnership with Louis Moult by the turn of the year he had netted seven times and contributed to a number of goals.   


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