The 17-year-old has been one of the stars of the League One show this term, shining up front for John McGlynn’s men. He made his debut at the end of last season whilst still in school.
📸 Yesterday's 4-1 win over Montrose saw a debut for 16 year old Kieron Bowie.
— RRFC Official (@RaithRovers) February 24, 2019
Now he’s thriving in Kircaldy and 2020 could be another big year for him.
Capable of playing on either wing and naturally through the middle, Bowie has eight goals and five assists from 24 games this term. McGlynn clearly has huge faith in him to deploy the 17-year-old so often.
It’s helped Raith in what has been a competitive League One season. He most recently notched an assist in a thrilling 5-3 win over promotion rivals East Fife, in which Rovers climbed to the third tier summit.
He’s developing at an extremely fast rate and his boss is well aware of it. McGlynn has told NTOF about how happy he has been with Bowie’s development so far- but insists the best is yet to come.
“Kieron has made huge strides since leaving school in the summer and has scored in all competitions this season,” the Raith boss said. “For 17-years-old he has played a lot of first team football and is gaining vast experience and learning all the time.
“We feel he is only going to get stronger and better as the season goes on.”
The year to make himself a Raith hero?
His experience with his boyhood club should help Bowie thrive further on in his career. Rovers are giving him the platform to learn on the job and Bowie’s paying them back handsomely.
Thriving at such a young age, interest in the forward is inevitable at some stage. That’ll likely be in the back of his mind for now though, as in 2020, he could make himself a Kircaldly hero.
Promotion is on the card for the Stark’s Park club this term. Bowie’s one of their main forwards and if he continues to perform, you’d like to think they can push on towards a Championship return.
2020 will be a big year for Bowie. For one, he’ll have the first experience of a full year of professional football. Secondly, he’ll have the challenge of playing under pressure as Rovers go for League One glory.
He’s a promising kid and definitely one for the future. He’s tied down in Kircaldy until 2022 but 2020 can be the year Bowie really shows why Rovers want to keep him for as long as possible.