Newcastle On Brink Of Signing ‘The Next Jaap Stam’
Young Australian starlet, Curtis Good, has been repeatedly been linked with Newcastle and so we asked our man on the spot, Andrew McTernan of the ‘Aussie Mags’ to find out, who is Curtis Good and is he on his way to Tyneside?
In the past week various media outlets have ran the story that Newcastle United and Australian A-League club Melbourne Heart have agreed on a fee, thought to be around £400,000, for defender Curtis Good.
Neither club has confirmed or denied the story but it is public knowledge that manager Alan Pardew was impressed with the Young Socceroo (Australian national under-20 team) after he had a 10 day trial on Tyneside back in April.
The speculation is that Good and his agent, Zeljko Susa, are in the UK now finalising the deal. Susa has been quoted as saying, “Discussions are ongoing and we are hopeful of a positive outcome. It would be a fantastic opportunity for Curtis to continue his football development with a successful club from one of the world’s best leagues”.
So what do we know about Curtis Good?
Good is a 19-year-old Melbourne born centre-half that has only had one full season as a professional. In that first season however he managed to play 25 games, starting 19 of them, and by all accounts was a revelation at the heart of the Melbourne Heart defence. Pardon the pun.
Personally I only have a passing interest in the A-League so I can’t claim to have noticed the lad play before now. With that in mind I thought I’d seek the opinions of some of Australia’s football journalists who know a lot more about the A-League than myself.
Aidan Ormond, the current editor of the Australian FourFourTwo magazine, had this to say about Curtis Good today when I asked him.
Ormond said: “I first watched Curtis train about a year ago at Melbourne Heart. I liked what I saw. Alongside Brendan Hamill they’ve been one of the youngest and most promising central pairs in the A-League. Curtis, who learnt his trade at Knox City (Melbourne), looks to have all the attributes to do well in the English leagues but he can also play out comfortably. Curtis would’ve learnt so much in his first season in the A-League, and his off-season experiences at Newcastle can only make him even better. Future Socceroo? Who knows but he’s certainly made a very promising start to his career. I hope one day he makes it to the green and gold”.
Aussie Mags member, Scott Condon, of the award winning ‘The Football Sack’ website heaped huge praise on Good.
Condon said: “He’s a quality young defender. Good size and strong build and has a very good football mind for such a young player. He has fantastic composure on the ball and a great ability to read the play. Only a matter of time before he plays for the senior national side after many appearances for the young socceroos. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was called into the senior Newcastle side this season. Reminds me of a young Jaap Stam”.
Finally I asked football presenter and resident Toon fan at Foxsports here in Australia, Adam Peacock.
Peacock said: “Have a high opinion of Curtis, for one reason – he appears to be a tough nut. Yeah he’s got the footballing ability – most at this level do and he’ll only improve with his new surrounds, the intensity of the environment and being a total professional, especially hanging around a player like Coloccini. However, what struck me about Curtis in his lone year in the A League was his lack of fear. One of his first games, he basically went straight through Jacob Burns of Perth, a player who is robust in his approach and likes to banter on the pitch but Curtis didn’t care who he was. He’s not a dirty player – he just has that hidden fire that sometimes gets stirred. Will stand him in good stead when he gets his chance on the big stage”.
Certainly high praise indeed there. Naturally the big question if we sign Curtis Good is how will he handle the huge step up from A-League to English Premier League. No doubt Alan Pardew would not be signing him to go straight into the first-team squad, therefore my only concern is at £400,000 is he actually any better than James Tavernier, Paul Dummett and Remie Streete for example?
Time will naturally tell but one thing is for certain if he does sign it can only be a positive in terms of exposure for Newcastle United in Australia. Which for us would be a great thing!
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