Good news today – so to speak – not that it was unexpected – that Curtis Good has had his work permit granted, and is now expected to fly into Newcastle to have his medical, after a fee had been agreed with his Australian club Melbourne heart, and terms have been agreed.
Curtis Good – will sign for Newcastle in coming days
The deal in effect was wrapped up a good few weeks ago, but now the last road-block to him signing has been cleared, and Curtis will become a Newcastle player in the next few days, with the fee reported to be AU600K, which translates to around £400K.
It seems that the Australian web-site Sportal has broken the news on this, after the defender impressed while on trial in April, and at that time Newcastle told Good and Melbourne Heart they were very interested in signing the lad, if a fee could be agreed.
This is what Melbourne Heart’s Football Operations manager John Didulica said in late April:
“Newcastle formally wrote to us and they were extremely positive about Curtis’ time there and him as a person and that reflects well on the club and the A-League.”
If Curtis is anything like the two other young players signed this summer – Romain Amalfitano from Reims and Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City, he will be a great signing, because the two new lads have looked impressive in pre-season.
Curtis is left footed and a good technical player who can play a little bit, and we think this lad could come into the first team squad very quickly next season, and even be challenging for a place at the back, much like Sebastian Bassong did four years ago, after he was signed from FC Metz for around £500K, after a one week trial.
And Curtis has now played three times for the Australia U20 side, and if does well at Newcastle as expected, he should soon become a full International.
Melbourne coach John Aloisi said Good’s move demonstrated the quality of player development at the Heart:
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Curtis.” “Newcastle United is one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom, and we are absolutely delighted he has the opportunity to test his wares on such a stage.”
“While Curtis will certainly be missed, his proposed transfer is a great affirmation of our youth policy, and a demonstration of the club’s ability to assist in developing players to such an extent that they’re able to move to one of Europe’s leading competitions.”
“We wish Curtis well and hope he will one day return to don the red and white stripes (what!) of our club.”
Good is expected to fly into Newcastle in the next few days to complete the deal, and it’s good news that Curtis has been signed, with our other more senior targets seemingly very difficult to sign this summer – for whatever reason.
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