The Scottish striker/attacking midfielder signed for the Grecians in May 2012 after impressing in a short spell with the club at the end of the 2011/12 season, joining from East Bengal in India. He quickly become a big fans favourite, scoring three goals in his seven appearances.
On signing for the club Alan said: "I'm delighted as I've had a good time since I've been down here. The style of the team and the way the manager wanted to play suited me and he showed a lot of faith in me when some managers in the past haven't played a way that suits me."
He started his senior career with his hometown club Clydebank, but moved to Airdrie United in 2002 after Clydebank went out of business.
He then moved to Scottish Premier League club Falkirk in 2005, and his performances there earned him a transfer to Rangers. Alan failed to break into the Rangers first team, however, and after loan spells with Blackpool and Norwich City, Gow moved to Plymouth Argyle.
While at Plymouth he was loaned to Hibernian and was then released from his contract during the 2010 close season, signing for Motherwell and eventually moving to Notts County during the 2010-11 season.
He then agreed to join East Bengal in India in August 2011, but was released in January 2012, joining Exeter on a short term deal in March