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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Bowen's Got A Fantastic Football Brain Said Beadle

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has spoken to the Hull Daily Mail about Jarrod Bowen who scored for Hull against Aston Villa last Saturday.

"One of Jarrod’s greatest strengths is how quickly he adapts,” said Peter Beadle, who handed Bowen his Conference debut with Hereford United in March 2014.

“When he first started training with our first team it wasn’t easy but it didn’t take him long to grasp it. He’s got a fantastic football brain and I’m not surprised one bit with how well he’s done up there. The better players he trains with, the better he will become.

"Within the first couple of weeks you could tell he had something.

“That first season Jarrod was a scholar, we got to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup where we took Man City to penalties. Jarrod played a big part in that.

"We had been pushing Jarrod to be involved in the first team more. He’d stopped progressing with us because it was too easy for him. He needed more of a challenge.”

Martin Foyle was manager at the time but he left and Beadle along with Steve Jenkins took over.

"When the manager left with eight games to go, the first thing we did was put Jarrod straight in,” added Beadle. “It was a real turbulent time for Hereford but the impact he made during the final weeks of that season was like a breath of fresh air. He played a big part in us staying up."

Bowen scored against Alfreton.

Jarrod Bowen - BN Picture

"I knew Tony Pennock (City’s current first team coach) because he’d played for me when I was manager at Newport. We’d stayed in touch and I’d mentioned Jarrod to him because a few clubs were showing an interest.

“Tony watched him a couple of times and was very keen. Jarrod had offers from West Brom and Wolves but him and his Dad chose Hull in the end.

“Jarrod hadn’t been paid in months, the same as all the young lads. The new owners came in that summer and wanted to keep these players but because of how long they’d gone without pay they were effectively free agents. Jarrod left for nothing."