“I can get it, if I was in that position. You may well want to play with some of the greatest players in the world but it will create a divide that may not be able to ever heal.
“Is it worth it for that?”
Owen, now 38, had an explanation though.
He says: “It’s the lure of going and winning, being what you’ve always wanted to be growing up.
“I thought to myself ‘if I say no I’ll probably think what would that have been like for the rest of my life. I’ve just got to try it.’”