Goodwin: I can still improve
Craig Goodwin insists he can still improve his game as he targets a return to the Socceroos set-up.
The 26-year-old fired an ominous warning shot to rest of the league with the winger confident he can take his game to another level.
After bagging a stunning brace in the FFA Cup 2018 Final to defeat Sydney FC 2-1, Goodwin has now scored six goals in as many games in all competitions this season.
“I think it was a crucial decision for me, deciding on what was best for my career and what was best for me to get the best out of my football,” Goodwin said.
“… And I decided Adelaide was the best place to do that and so far it’s working out well.
“Obviously winning another trophy is fantastic and I do feel like I’m finding some good form but I still feel like there’s more to come and there’s more of my game to improve on.
“I scored the two last night but I still think overall I can improve my game as well.”
And the winger suggested maintaining consistency will be the vital ingredient to necessitate a call-up to Graham Arnold’s Socceroos squad ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
“It’s always in the back of my mind and it’s always something that I want to be a part of and achieve,” he said.
“But I know to do that I’ve to be performing consistently, so I have to go out against Central Coast and put in another good display and then do the same thing the next week.
“I want to be there and I want to be in that national team set-up but I know it has to be consistent with Adelaide if I want to get that call-up.”
Goodwin believed he made the right decision to return home and sign with the Reds following two-years abroad in the Dutch Eredivisie.
But while the Reds have had some time to celebrate and enjoy the moment, Goodwin stated United must quickly switch their attention back to the league.
That begins with a clash away against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
“It’s probably something that we just have to sit down and speak to each other about,” he said.
“We’ve had the Cup, we’ve won, we’ve enjoyed the moment but we’ve got a job to do in the league and it’s early days.
“And we need to be picking up as many points as possible.
“I think we’ve got a level-headed group and we won’t let this get to our heads, we won’t enjoy this moment too much.
“We know that this weekend we have another game and we need to be trying to pick up all three points.”
Adelaide United face Central Coast Mariners in Round 3 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 4 November at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.30pm ACDT. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports and streamed on the My Football Live App.