JAMES Gow wants to use a two-game stint at VFL level to boost his leadership capabilities in the TAC Cup.
The two-time Koroit premiership player will return to North Ballarat Rebels’ ranks on Sunday, giving their midfield a boost against Western Jets.
“I want to help direct the boys around the ground and help them a little bit,” he said.
Gow, 18, said the chance to play a role for North Ballarat Roosters as their 19th man was beneficial to his development.
The Roosters ended an eight-game winning streak when they pipped Frankston in Gow’s second match.
“It was definitely another step up with bigger bodies and the ball movement was a lot quicker,” he said.
“The first game I played as a small forward and in the midfield and the last game I was up forward because it was a tight game.”
Gow returned to the TAC Cup system as a 19-year-old prospect in 2016 after opting out of the pathway program for 12 months.
The Warrnambool-based teenager, who is planning to study construction management in Geelong next year, is glad he returned.
“It was good to have another year back at Koroit as well but you have to play at the highest level you can,” he said.
Gow said the Rebels, without their Vic Country representatives, expected a fierce contest against the Jets at Stawell.
“You never know what will happen in TAC Cup because of the turnover of players – a team might lose by a heap and the next week win,” he said.