David Gower happy to extend contract with Eels

Happy Eel: David Gower of the Eels breaks free from a tackle during a clash with the Penrith Panthers in 2014.  Picture: Getty Images

Happy Eel: David Gower of the Eels breaks free from a tackle during a clash with the Penrith Panthers in 2014. Picture: Getty Images

While he has always cheered for Australia in the cricket, Parramatta Eels forward David Gower is quite thankful that England won the Ashes in 1985.

With Mr and Mrs Gower expecting a boy in 1985, the outcome of the series was used to determine what name they would give their son.

"Dad said if England wins, it's going to be David, if they didn't it was going to be Neil," Gower said.

"I'm pretty thankful to be honest, I don't think I would've suited a Neil David Gower."

Having been named after the English opener, Gower said at times there was pressure for him to succeed as a cricketer and, in his own words, he was pretty handy at it.

True calling: Ddespite sharing his name with a famous English cricketer, Eels forward David Gower said rugby league has always been his true calling.  Picture: Getty Images

True calling: Ddespite sharing his name with a famous English cricketer, Eels forward David Gower said rugby league has always been his true calling. Picture: Getty Images

"Footy was always my true calling and I'm happy with my decision."

He has every right to be happy with his decision, having recently signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the blue and gold until the end of the 2017 season.

He struggled to get his career off the ground in his earlier days, with limited time in the top grade during stints with Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra.

NRL appearances became more frequent at the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2013, and with two years behind him at the Eels, and aged 29, he finally feels comfortable calling himself a first-grader.

Job security is a bonus for Gower, who is also the proud father of a two-year-old girl.

First grader: David Gower has started to feel like a proper first grade player since joining the Parramatta Eels. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

First grader: David Gower has started to feel like a proper first grade player since joining the Parramatta Eels. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

While he now relies on his morning coffee more than ever, Gower said he had become a lot more grounded since becoming a father.

"It's great, football can be your whole life sometimes, but it's very grounding.

"You come home and she doesn't care what happens on the field, she's just happy to see me.

"I'm very ecstatic [to have re-signed], it's good to know where I'm going to be for the next few years."

Naturally, Gower will be keeping an eye on the current Ashes series and is also an avid fan of the Game of Thrones series; the books and the show.

Interestingly enough, his favourite character also shares a name with a former English cricketer — albeit with slightly different spelling.

That's right; Jon Snow.

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