Former Ulster star Stephen Ferris believes it would be foolish to write off his old team-mate Tommy Bowe. The Monaghan wing, who has enjoyed a stellar career with Ulster, the Ospreys and Ireland, as well as touring with the Lions in 2009 and 2013, has recently returned to action after almost a year on the sidelines.
he 32-year-old injured his knee during Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in October 2015 and, with a first comeback attempt derailed after only one game in April, returned only last month.
Ahead of a start against Edinburgh in Murrayfield tonight (7.35pm kick-off), showings so far have been mixed with rust still to be shaken off after such a lengthy spell out of action.
Ferris, however, believes Bowe will soon be back hitting the heights that have brought him 72 Test caps.
"There is plenty of mileage left in that big man," said the former flanker who himself turned out 35 times for Ireland.
"I think Tommy, right now, believes that he can play for the Lions next year.
"That's the attitude you've got to have
"He believes in himself. He just needs a run of games.
"He was out for six months, came back for one game and was back in for another operation and out for another five months.
"His confidence, I'm sure, isn't great after the weekend but he just needs to get the ball in his hands and get a bit of confidence.
"He's a great player and somebody who people would be foolish to write off."