Originally from Old Carey, the youngster was considered a 'surprise pick' in the 2003 AFL Draft by Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse because Rowe was picked up at No. 60 overall. He made his senior debut mid-season and showed potential of becoming a long-term midfielder/half-forward, having a good debut season, playing 8 games. In 2005 he started with a string of games, becoming a regular, before being dropped despite lifting his form. He managed only 2 games in 2006 and was delisted at the end of the season.
Rowe joined Port Melbourne in 2007, along with the other delisted Magpie Brayden Shaw and David Fanning.He has now gone back to his original club Old Carey which plays in B section of the VAFA.