JETSTAR TITANS IN 2012: JAMIE DOWLING
Tuesday 18 October 2011 4:03 PM
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will field a new look squad in 2012 and over the next month we begin to take an early sneak peak at the playing roster for next season.
Having benefitted from a season in the Queensland Cup with the Burleigh Bears, former Jetstar Titans Under-20s player Jamie Dowling returns to the club next year after gaining a spot in the full-time training squad for 2012.
The versatile 21-year-old, who can play anywhere from the centres to lock or five-eighth, returns to the Jetstar Titans to help bolster the club’s depth in various areas as the Gold Coast junior aims to take the next step in his development next season.
Dowling helped the Jetstar Titans NYC side make the finals of the Under-20s competition in 2010 alongside the likes of Matt Srama, Ryan James and Jordan Rankin after benefiting from the experience of playing in the Toyota Cup a year earlier as a 19-year-old in 2009.
Prior to that, Dowling was a key part of the Titans’ SG Ball (Under-18s) team in 2008 and is a perfect example of the success of the Titans Junior Pathways program as a local junior who has played with the Bears since the age of 10.
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Although he is yet to make his first grade debut, Dowling will clearly benefit from his first year playing in senior football after proving to be one of the Bears’ most consistent Queensland Cup players in 2011.
Dowling is also a significant contributor for the Jetstar Titans off the field, spreading the rugby league word as a trainee development officer for the club.
Dowling has a deep history within rugby league being the grandson of former St George player John Dowling, who played more than 100 matches for the Dragons from 1979 to 1984 as well as representing Queensland in State of Origin.
While he may start the 2012 season behind some of the club’s more established names, Dowling’s versatility could well prove beneficial for the team as depth traditionally becomes tested during the State of Origin period or at the back end of the season.
Date of Birth: 29/10/1990
Birthplace: Kogarah, NSW
Junior club: Burleigh Bears
Position: Lock, centre, five-eighth, fullback
Height: 183cm Weight: 90kg
Yet to make his first grade debut.