After six injury-hit years on Tyneside, Newcastle United defender Curtis Good has confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season – with the 24-year-old failing to earn a new contract under Rafa Benitez.
The Australian international centre-back arrived full of promise in 2012 from Melbourne Heart, however several injuries and a failure to break out from the U-23 set-up has seen him make just TWO appearances in the first team (a 2-0 League Cup win over Morecambe in 2013 and that infamous 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Oxford just last season).
He’s had a few loan spells away at Bradford City and Dundee Utd, but he played just seven times across those two spells away from St James’ Park.
With him set to be released by Rafa at the end of the season, here’s what he’s had to say to Fox Sports Australia today:
“I definitely will be moving on,”
“It’ll 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’ll 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’d like to come home, 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.
“But people get opportunities ahead of you, and you’re chasing.”
He’s made 1 appearance for the senior Australian national team back in 2014 and was actually included in their provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, only for an injury to force him to withdraw.
That probably sums up his career to date, unfortunately.
Good luck to the lad – hopefully he can stay injury free and get his career back on track following life after Newcastle United.