Midfielder pleased with game time in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Crewe Alexandra and now determined to prove his worth.
- “I was as nervous as I have ever been making my return.” – Cowie.
- Midfielder admits personal and collective frustration during Latics career but he is determined to make his mark this season.
- 32-year-old former Scotland international believes Scotland can keep their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes alive tonight against Poland.
The 32-year-old former Scotland international signed for Latics in the summer of 2014 and made 33 appearances in all competitions as the club were relegated to Sky Bet League One.
The Inverness-born midfielder says he is ready to help his side win promotion back to the second tier.
“It was good to come back into the team; it is the longest time I have been on the injury list during my career so I had to deal with something I have never dealt with before,” Cowie explained. “It was frustrating but you realise what some players have gone through, the likes of Holty [Grant Holt] who has had a really long-term injury. It is the worst part of being a footballer but just to be back outside with the lads again and being around them gives you a massive boost.
“It’s been frustrating since I have been at the club, both personally and collectively, so hopefully now I can kick on and help this team get out of League One.”
He has represented his country and helped Cardiff City win promotion to the Premier League, but Cowie admitted that his first game of this season was as nervous as he has been during his career.
“When I knew I was coming on at Crewe, it was probably the most nervous I have been in a long time,” he added. “People might laugh at that because I have played in the Premier League and for Scotland but it is your livelihood and it has been a long time so you wonder how your touch is going to be. The longer the game went on, though, the more and more comfortable I felt.”
Cowie laid on the assist for Yanic Wildschut’s sensational winner at Gresty Road whilst he also fed in the Dutch forward to provide the cross for Jordy Hiwula’s second equaliser.
And the Scot was pleased with his performance as the game went on and equally pleased with progress to the Northern Section quarter-finals of the competition.
“It was great being involved with the 21s for a couple of games but you can’t replicate playing for the first team,” Cowie continued. “It was good to get through and I was pleased to play in Yanic for his goal and assist; the competition allows people to play who haven’t been and that worked well for me and for Holty as well. After what Grant has endured in the last two years here, he must have felt unbelievable to come back. As a teammate, it is great to see him there and I believe he can be a big player for us.
“Crewe was a big stepping stone for me; the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game was a target when I had the operation. I know it will be hard to get in the team because the boys have played well and there are some very good midfielders here. It is up to me in training to push my case forward and hopefully get in the squad.”