Summer signing Josh Bowler is looking forward to getting to know ’massive club’ Everton and his new home city of Liverpool after a whirlwind first few weeks.
With speculation about interest in the young QPR winger coming to fruition with an eventual transfer on the evening of 7 July, the 18-year-old was thrown straight into pre-season training with David Unsworth’s Under-23 side and has already got off the mark with a goal inside his first two appearances.
The Premier League 2 champions are currently partway through a warm weather camp in Spain and although his immediate surroundings may have changed a couple of times, Bowler already feels settled and can’t wait to get started fully at USM Finch Farm.
“It’s been great so far,” he said in his first evertontv interview. “The lads have been really welcoming to me, I’ve settled in well. I feel comfortable now and so far it’s been very positive.
“I’ve only been in Liverpool for about a week, so I’ve not really had the chance to get my own place yet but on first look, it’s a great place and I’m really looking forward to getting to know it more.”
Unsworth has already added four players to his title-winning squad - full-back Nathangelo Markelo, striker Boris Mathis, the loan return of Anton Donkor in addition to Bowler.
All have made decisions to move to the north west of England to develop their game and when the Blues came calling, the tall left-footer from Surrey was unable to say no.
“It was last year, towards the end of the season and as soon as I found out, I was buzzing that a massive club like Everton were interested in me,” he explained.
“I didn’t think too much of it as it was the early stages, but gradually [as the deal materialised] I got more and more excited to come to this great club.
“It was obviously a difficult decision to leave my family at home but it’s a step I had to take to further my career.”
So what can fans attending Under-23s games next season expect from the new wideman?
Bowler replied: “I think I’m an exciting player - a winger, so I try to affect the backline, run at players, beat players, excite fans and hopefully get goals and assists.”