Gower scores first try after 45 games in the NRL

Try time: David Gower of the Parramatta Eels goes in for a try while being tackled by Simon Mannering of the New Zealand Warriors during the round three NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)
Try time: David Gower of the Parramatta Eels goes in for a try while being tackled by Simon Mannering of the New Zealand Warriors during the round three NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)

AS a youngster he struggled to take his chance as he bounced around the lower grades with Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers after a stint with the Salford Reds in England in 2006.

Three clubs and five years since he made his NRL debut in 2009 - that even included a stint with the Dapto Canaries — and Gower was down to his final chance.

Enter Parramatta.

The 29-year-old followed Brad Arthur to the Eels and signed a one-year deal.

It didn't take long for his hardworking approach to be noticed and he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

Three games into his second season at Parramatta and he has already played more games than he did with his other three clubs combined.

Again on the weekend he was predictably reliable with 51 minutes of mistake-free footy topped off with a try and 27 tackles in the middle of the ruck.

Next up are the defending premiers with a forward pack that includes the likes of George Burgess and Glenn Stewart.

And Gower knows there is only one way to play them.

"We want to play physical as a team and as a unit," he said.

"We're going to try to be as physical as we can week to week and make sure we prepare that way.

"We pride ourselves on our defence in the middle and turning away attack."

Gower said he was looking forward to linking with former teammate and new Eels recruit Kieran Foran next year. "It's great for us," he said.

"He's a great player obviously. It's unfortunate for Manly but that's just how the game is at the moment.

"In saying that, that's 2016 and we have a job to do in 2015 and we have two great halves that we know are going to get the job done."

Eels v Rabbitohs, Friday, Pirtek Stadium, 7.45pm.

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