Craig Goodwin is once again an Adelaide United player after recently completing his return to the Reds on a three-year contract.
The 26-year-old spent two seasons in Adelaide between 2014 and 2016 and becomes the Club’s second new addition of the off-season.
Goodwin started his professional career at Melbourne Heart in 2012 and made four appearances.
He joined Newcastle Jets ahead of the 2012/13 season, signing a two-year deal and netted five goals in over 40 appearances.
Goodwin also made his Socceroos debut as a late substitute against Japan at the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup and has since received a further two caps for his country.
But it was not until he returned to his hometown Club where Goodwin established himself as a highly revered player.
During his maiden campaign Goodwin scored four goals in 24 matches and added a further two goals to his tally in the subsequent finals series. One of those strikes was a scintillating free-kick in an Elimination Final clash against Brisbane Roar which sailed into the top corner.
In his second year, Goodwin took his game to another level and was a pivotal cog in the side’s run to an historic Hyundai A-League Championship and Premiership double.
He bagged four goals and capped off an incredible season by being awarded the Aurelio Vidmar Club Champion. And following those mesmerising performances, he caught the eye of newly promoted Eredivisie outfit Sparta Rotterdam and moved to the Netherlands.
Goodwin played a vital role in saving Sparta from relegation on the final day of the 2016/17 season by scoring one and setting up a further two as a half-time substitute in a 3-1 win over Go Ahead Eagles.
The highflying forward finished his two year stay abroad with six goals and six assists and now returns home with a great sense of anticipation.