Former Scarborough man Matty Bowman determined to make impact at Dunfermline
Scarborough’s Matty Bowman is determined to make an impact in his second season at Ladbrokes Scottish Championship club Dunfermline Athletic.
Bowman, 19, heads into the second year of his deal with the East End Park outfit and is keen to catch the eye of boss Stevie Crawford whenever he is given the green light to return to training.
“My sole focus is on impressing the manager whenever I get the chance to get back up and into training,” said Bowman.
“I am keeping fit up at Oliver’s Mount every day and ticking over so that when I get back up to Scotland I can try and force my way into the side and then it is up to me to try and impress and stay in the team.”
The attacking full-back enjoyed a short loan spell at Pickering Town before the 2019/20 campaign was brought to a premature halt by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bowman was disappointed that his stint at Mill Lane was cut short and insists he enjoyed his time playing under coach Steve Roberts.
“We were discussing going out on loan to a few clubs in Scotland with Dunfermline, but my dad caught up with Steve and it was mentioned that I could go in there to get some game time and still stay up and train with the club Monday to Friday,” added Bowman.
“I knew Steve well from playing at Scarborough Athletic and he knows what I am like as a player and what I bring to the table, so it made sense for all parties involved and the club agreed to it.
“I was enjoying it, it was really bringing me on as a player continuing to adapt to the physicality of senior football, so it was frustrating, not just for me but for everyone at Pickering, when the season ended early.
Bowman looks back on his time at Scarborough Athletic fondly, thanking former boss Steve Kittrick for the opportunity to play for his home town club.
The right-back added: “It was a great honour to play for Scarborough.
“I used to go to the old McCain Stadium with my dad, so to be able to represent my town was great and it brought me on so much as a player too.
“Steve (Kittrick) gave me an opportunity when he didn’t have to as I was still at Repton School and wasn’t always at training, so he didn’t have to give me that chance in the side - but he did.”