Newcastle United appear set to announce the signing of young Australian Curtis Good this afternoon from Hyundai A-League side Melbourne Heart. He follows in the footsteps of other Australians to make the move to the UK at a young age such as Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill.
But who is he and what does he bring. Here are five facts about the new Magpie.
1. Good graduated from the famed Australian Institute of Sport in 2010. Famous faces to achieve stardom after graduation from the prestigious centre include footballer Mark Viduka, cricketers Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting and Victoria Pendleton’s main rival at London 2012 women’s sprint cyclist Anna Meares.
2. Last season Good made the step up to first class football in 2011 at the heart of Melbourne’s central defence. He was joined in the back five by former Manchester City Socceroo Simon Colosimo and former Aston Villa trainee Clint Bolton behind him in goal. The club is managed by former Portsmouth and Coventry City striker John Aloisi.
3. Good has also caught the eye at international level representing Australia at Under-20 level on 3 occasions. Australia however haven’t qualified for the Olympics so Newcastle fans may have to wait a little longer to see him in action.
4. Scored one goal for the club in his time since turning pro; a headed goal from a corner in a 1-1 draw with the eventual A-League champions Brisbane Roar in March this year.
5. Formed a brilliant partnership with fellow Young Socceroo Brendan Hamill at both domestic and international level but now both have left the Victoria side; with Hamill agreeing to join South Korean Side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma earlier this month. Good has been likened to Jaap Stam down under and has a fearless style of play. Robust and clinical in his approach he should fit in to the Premier League mould reasonably well. Although at the tender age of 19 a spell in the reserves and perhaps loan experience is a much more likely avenue for the immediate future.
What do you expect from Good next season?
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