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Newcastle United defender confirms end of season departure but intends to stay in UK

10 months ago
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Newcastle United made a sizeable commitment when recruiting Curtis Good back in 2012.

Already playing regular first team football in Australia as an 18 year old with Melbourne City, Newcastle paid around £500,000 for the young defender and gave him a lengthy six year contract, only a few months after he turned 19.

At the time, Curtis Good was rated one of the most promising young players in Australia.

The young defender made an impressive start at Newcastle playing under first team level and in his first season was even named on the bench when the senior side played away at Manchester City in the Premier League.

A loan period in that first season saw him excel at League Two Bradford and he played a key role in their amazing run to get into the final of the League Cup, only to be hammered 5-0 by Premier League Swansea.

The following 2013/14 season saw him step up with a loan spell at Scottish Premier League side Dundee United, then get his first senior international call-up, impressing for Australia against Ecador in a friendly in March 2014.

It was widely believed he’d given himself a great chance of being named in the Australia squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil, only for injury to strike and sadly that has been the story for much of what followed.

With a recurring hip problem, Curtis Good constantly struggled for fitness and it took him a couple of years to get back and play regularly at reserve team level.

However, any chance of developing and impressing enough at Newcastle had gone.

In total he has only played two first team matches for Newcastle, the last of those when Rafa Benitez played more or less a second team in the FA Cup as Newcastle lost 3-0 at Oxford last season.

Turning 25 last month, Curtis Good now says he will definitely be leaving Newcastle when his contract ends this summer but he desperately wants to get another club in the UK, rather than instantly return to Australia.

When Newcastle named their new official 25 man Premier League squad after the January 2018 transfer window, both Macauley Gillesphey and Curtis Good found themselves included.

However, with so many players exiting, it was simply a case of making up the numbers, and with a maximum of 25 being able to be named, by including Good and Gillesphey it still only made it up to a 24 man squad that was named.

Curtis Good speaking  to Fox Sports Australia:

“I definitely will be moving on (from Newcastle).

“It will be good for a change, obviously getting back to playing senior football is the biggest thing for me, the next step.

“I definitely want to stay in the UK. I want to give it another crack at the highest level. I feel like I had a great opportunity that was upset with my situation.

“It will be nice to go trial somewhere if the opportunity comes up. The biggest thing is people seeing that you can play, and I’ve played over 20 games this season.

“I would like to come home (to Australia), but maybe when I’m older.”

 “A big thing from my perspective is I associate a lot of my time at Newcastle with this injury and maybe subconsciously people do here as well and that’s a big reason I’m looking for a change.

“I’ve had so many years here on the physio table and you’re just looking for that change, you don’t want to be known as the player who was injured.

“I have no issue whatsoever. If I got called up (to the first-team) tomorrow I could sit in there and do a job easy, I feel anyway.

“But people get opportunities ahead of you and you’re chasing.”

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