When Hull City signed a then 17-year old Jarrod Bowen from Hereford United in 2014, Hull City Academy boss Tony Pennock told the Hull Daily Mail that he was tipping the youngster “to enjoy a bright future at the KC Stadium.” Now it seems that might be in jeopardy as there is reputed interest in the now 19-year old from Premier League big guns Everton, according to a report in the Hereford Times.

Bowen made his breakthrough for former club Hereford United in the 2013/14 national League season when he first made three appearances on the bench before his debut on March 22 2014 against Barnet, playing 69 minutes in a game that Hereford lost 2-0. Six games later, in the penultimate game of the season against Alfreton Town, youngster Bowen scored his first goal to make it 3-1 to Hereford in a game that they eventually ran out 3-2 winners in.

It was the promise in Leominster-born Jarrod Bowen that prompted Hull City to sign him on a three-year contract that took him to the KC Stadium, Hull beating off the clutches of then-Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion and Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Tigers’ Academy boss, Tony Pennock said of Bowen’s arrival when speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, “Jarrod showed glimpses of what he’s capable of last year, he took to conference football well. It’s a physical league but that didn’t trouble him. He can play out wide, he can play in the hole, he’s got a good left foot and he’s got a trick in him as well.”

Now it appears that this footballing skill set is being noticed, backed up by an impressive first season as a Hull City pro, scoring four goals in 12 Academy appearances won’t have harmed his chances of being spotted and lifted to a bigger stage. If Everton are interested, as has been mooted, Bowen could soon be travelling up the M62 in a westerly direction and heading for Merseyside.

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