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Lowe sets record straight on Green rift

Former Cowboy Ethan Lowe freely concedes he and Paul Green “butted heads”, but denied he is the source of rumours undermining the premiership-winning coach.

Lowe and the high-flying Rabbitohs will face his former team in Magic Round for the first time since he requested a release from North Queensland two months ago.

Reports of Green losing the dressing room this week prompted captain Michael Morgan and senior players into a public backing of their coach, denying any unrest leading into Friday’s pressure-relieving win over the Titans.

Privately the Cowboys believe a former player in the source of the rumours, but Lowe refuted suggestions he is the Sydney-based player behind the scuttlebutt.

“I haven’t spoken to the media in three or four weeks and every time I do it’s all-ins, people can look at my press conferences, there’s no issues there and I’ve got nothing to do with whatever’s going on,” Lowe told

“I was the one that asked for a release and I left the Cowboys happy.

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“If [Green] believes it’s me I’m happy to talk about it. He’s got my phone number, it hasn’t changed but maybe he should look a bit closer to home rather than worry about me”.

Lowe has made a new home at Redfern under Wayne Bennett, with Souths gunning for an eighth win in nine starts when they take on the Cowboys next Sunday.

The goal-kicking back-rower admits he and Green didn’t see eye to eye at times when he fell out of favour last year, playing a large portion of 2018 in reserve grade but still taking up an option in his favour to remain in Townsville this season.

But when Bennett’s assistant Jason Demetriou called with a first grade opportunity at the Bunnies, Lowe acknowledged his place in the Cowboys' pecking order behind Jason Taumalolo, Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper and packed his bags.

Lowe is anticipating a little extra feeling when he confronts his old teammates for the first time at Suncorp, but not because of any falling out with Green.

“I’m sure there will be a bit of fire in this one on both sides,” Lowe said.

“It’s natural isn’t it? That said, I think they’ll be focusing on their job rather than me, and we’ve got to do the same.

“I’m not going to lie, we butted heads at times a little bit.

“But I left on amicable terms I think. I loved my time up there, had a great few years and now I’m happy here so I’m fine with it.”


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