Goodwin focused on beating Glory


Despite being called into the extended Socceroos squad as a train-on player, Craig Goodwin insists right now his sole focus is on Sunday’s Hyundai A-League clash.

Adelaide United host Perth Glory on Remembrance Day at Coopers Stadium, in what is anticipated to be an intriguing contest.

The Reds will be wearing a unique jersey for the Remembrance Round clash, which Goodwin unveiled at the National War Memorial on Thursday.

The shirt pays tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen that have fallen while fighting for our freedom.

Goodwin admitted he was pleased to have been called-up by national team boss, Graham Arnold as that was his aim when returning to Australia after two years abroad.

“Obviously really excited to go into camp and show what I can do in the training sessions,” Goodwin said.

“I think it’s always been my goal and obviously coming back here that was the plan to try and do well and force my way back in there.

“Being included as a train-on player now I’ve got the chance to show the new coaches and Graham Arnold what I can do in that environment.”


Goodwin is one of four train-on players selected by Arnold and while he is not included in the initial 23-man squad for the friendly against Korea Republic, he is a chance to feature against Lebanon.

The 26-year-old believes that can only happen if he plays with more consistency.

And the left-winger gets another opportunity to show his quality against the Glory and add to his phenomenal goal tally.

“I think I’ve been doing well but I still think there’s much more for me to do and improve on,” Goodwin said, who has scored eight goals in seven matches in all competitions this season.

“I’m happy that I’ve made it and I’ll be looking to do my best when I’m in there and show just what I can do.

“And obviously first of all I’ll need to have another good performance against Perth on the weekend.”

Goodwin maintained he is far from being the complete player, and that the Reds will need to be on their game against a dangerous Perth outfit.

“It’s been a good start for me and for the Club as well,” he revealed.

“We’ve been doing well to start the season I think, so it’s just trying to deliver those performances on a consistent basis.

“Obviously I’ll need to try and do that against Perth, who for me have probably been the best team so far this year.

“And have made some really good recruitments and have strong players all across the park.

“So I’ll be looking to have another good game there and hopefully help the team as much as I can.”

Adelaide United host Perth Glory in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 11 November at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.30pm ACDT. Gates open 1.30pm. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports and streamed on the My Football Live App.