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CARMARTHEN Town have signed former Neath and Llanelli centre forward Luke Bowen on his return to the UK from Australian outfit Port Melbourne Sharks.

The 25-year-old first appeared in the Welsh Premier League with Port Talbot Town in September 2004 and attracted the attention of English clubs including Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday. 

He signed for then Welsh League outfit Neath Athletic in the summer of 2006 and later moved to Goytre United, but was a New Year 2008 signing for Haverfordwest County. 

Bowen joined Aberystwyth Town in the summer of 2009 and ended his first campaign at Park Avenue as leading scorer before deciding to return to the Steelmen. 

He top scored for Talbot in 2010/11 but moved on to Neath in the summer of 2011, leaving a year later to sign for Llanelli. 

Bowen scored 62 goals from 129 (+45) WPL appearances before deciding to made a move to Australia nearly a year ago.

"This really is a coup for us," says Carmarthen manager Mark Aizlewood. 

"Luke has been chased by at least one other club from within the Welsh Premier League but because of the positive comments from former teammates currently with Carmarthen Town he made the decision to put pen to paper for the Old Gold."

Reflecting on the time 18 months ago when signing players, Aizlewood added: "Then I had to beg players to sign for us. 

Now, with our position in the league, being Word Cup finalists and having qualified for the next round of the Welsh Cup we are an attractive club to join. This not only a reflection of what is happening on the field but also of the hard work being put in to the club off the field.

"We have made remarkable progress in a short time and having someone like Luke playing up front for us can only be of benefit for the team."

Bowen made 19 Victorian Premier League appearances for the Sharks and scored five goals, but will not be eligible to play for Carmarthen until the transfer window opens on January 1.