Australia’s Matty Bowen says he is keen to stay with UK Super League club Wigan for a second season.

Australian fullback Matty Bowen is keen to stay on for a second season with Wigan and has instructed his manager to open talks with the UK Super League champions.

The 32-year-old, who was recruited from North Queensland Cowboys to plug the gap created by the departure of Sam Tomkins, signed a 12-month contract, with an option for a second season, which he is now hoping to take up.

Bowen, who spent 15 seasons with the Cowboys, took some time to adjust to his new club and produced a disappointing performance in the World Club Challenge in Sydney, but has recently started to show glimpses of the form that made him one of the star attractions of the NRL.

A hat-trick of tries in last Sunday’s Challenge Cup win over Hunslet took his tally for the year to eight in nine appearances.

“I had big shoes to fill when I first came here and I was disappointed with my first couple of games but I’m starting to find my feet now,” he said.

“The family are settling in, which is a good part of me playing good footy. When they’re happy, I’m happy.

“I’m keen to stay on. I just spoke to my manager last week and hopefully we can get a few things running and I can stay here.”