(born 30 May 1971) is an Australian
former professional rugby league
Gold Coast Seagulls
center/five-eighth, 'Clubman of the Year' in his debut year with the Gold Coast Seagulls
, was selected as a reserve back in Queensland's second State of Origin
match in 1994.
North Queensland Cowboys
Vowles signed with the North Queensland Cowboys
in 1995 but had the misfortune to be sent off in the club's first premiership match, the 32-16 loss to the Sydney Bulldogs
The Cowboys used six different captains as they struggled through a difficult foundation season in 1995. Adrian Vowles, who earned the nod from new coach Graham Lowe to take on the job permanently in 1996.
After two seasons at the helm in North Queensland, Vowles moved to England
to play with Castleford
from 1997 through to 2001. During that time he was selected to represent Scotland
in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup
. As well as collecting the Man of Steel award
in 1999. He played the last three games of the 2003 season when he was granted a release from Wakefield. He returned to the Tigers in 2005 for a brief spell in their promotion winning season back into the Super League.
Vowles moved to Leeds Rhinos
in 2002 but switched to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
mid-season to take on a player-coach role.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
He and Co-Coach Shane McNally
saved Wakefield from relegation in the 2002 season and Adrian remained with Wakefield until the final three matches of the 2003 season, when he was granted a release by the club, and he returned to Australia
Vowles returned to his home state Queensland
to play in the Queensland Cup
for the Brisbane Broncos
feeder club the Toowoomba Clydesdales
. Strong performances throughout season 2004 almost had Adrian running on the field in top flight premiership football again in the National Rugby League
competition after an 8 year absence.
After a great year in the Queensland Cup at Toowoomba, Vowles shifted clubs and headed for the Queensland Gold Coast to play for the Burleigh Bears in 2005. He played in the QLD Cup Grand Final side which were runners up to the NQ Young Guns. Adrian then became assistant coach before relinquishing that role to become CEO.