Melbourne City FC signs defender Curtis Good

Melbourne City FC has signed Aussie defender, Curtis Good, following a successful trial period seven years after the former Young Socceroos captain first played for the Club.

Tipped as one of Australia’s hottest prospects, Good signed for Newcastle United from Melbourne Heart back in 2012, making a handful of appearances for the senior team and reserve team before picking up a hip injury in his debut Socceroos appearance in 2014.

In his development at Newcastle United, the 25-year old Melburnian also enjoyed loan spells with Bradford City (nine appearances) and Dundee United (five appearances) in the English Football League Two and Scottish Premiership respectively.

“Curtis is a quality defender who still has a lot of potential,” said Head Coach, Warren Joyce.

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“He returned to Melbourne on a week-long trial and has shown the attitude and desire needed to rebuild his career after suffering an injury setback.

“With the support of our coaching staff and the rest of the players, Curtis has the chance to push and challenge for a place in the team and set himself back on the right track.”

During his time in the UK, Good featured mostly for Newcastle United’s U23 team, however a loan spell at Bradford City provided arguably the biggest highlight, ending with an appearance in the English Football League Final at Wembley Stadium.

Back in Australia, Good is now working towards his first full season in a career upset by injury.

“I learnt a lot over in the UK but unfortunately my opportunities were curbed a little by the injury I picked up with the Socceroos. I’m motivated to work hard in training and remind everybody what I can do,” said Good.

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“I’m looking forward to competing for my place and helping the side push for success this year. This is a Club with big ambitions and has grown a lot since I was last here – we have to aim high this year.

“I’m also excited to get out in front of the fans again. They were so supportive in my time here before and helped give me the confidence I needed as a young player to continue to grow and improve.

Joining on a one-year deal, Good adds further competition for places in a defensive group that already looks difficult to breach, joining highly experienced players such as Ritchie De Laet, Bart Schenkeveld, Osama Malik and Scott Jamieson.

City’s next match is in the Quarter Final of the FFA Cup when Western Sydney Wanderers visit Melbourne on Wednesday 19 September with tickets available via Ticketek – members go free.