Good News – Newcastle Finally Get Their Man


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.

What do you think?

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37 comments so far

  • Harley

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Happy he’s signed but a bit underwhelmed after reading the headlie.
    I thought we’d got our first major signing in for a moment!!!!

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  • nickfish90

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Great news for both the club and Curtis. Let’s hope he impresses this season in the cups and possibly Europe and we see him emerge as a first teamer over the next couple of years!

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Bout time. This one has dragged out. Hope he’s worth it?

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  • Valci

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    repost :

    PPB – Radoi was a good player who played both CB and CDM. He had a good run with Steaua Bucharest in the Uefa Cup(semis against Middlesbrough) around the 2005/2006 season or so if i remember correctly. He was not the fastest player and i dont know if he would have made it in the EPL but i think a Serie A transfer would have been right down his alley.
    But they didnt want to sell him when he was at the top of his game and for him it was a missed opportunity on a personal level i believe – he was never the same after that. When they were actually willing to let him go he no longer had the same opportunities available for him so he chose to bury his career in arab oil money… but i never blamed him cause he has a family to support and footballer only earn up to 300-400k/year around here. It’s a lot compared to regular people but nothing compared to any of the top leagues.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Glowing reports on this lad from down-under.

    On Debuchy, is he going to be another Maiga?

    We go in, show interest, unsettle the player. Bid low then walk away. Leaving an unhappy player and a club that won’t be keen to do business with us in the future? Why?

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  • RonVanDam

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    If we fail to secure Debuecy, i bet chelsea will. They are looking for a RB and picked Debuecy after the euros. The reason why we are above anyone else in the pecking order is bcos of is friendship with Cabaye

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  • Graeme

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Who on earth got the poor bloke to pose in that horrid shirt though?? Its a frightening picture, young kids in the North East could be traumatized lol.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Getting the usual Boredom of transfer silly season now.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    I reckon we will get remy am so excited even at the thought of us getting him

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Wonder what Chelski will do after they agree a fee and find that Debucky requires a salary of £200,000 pw to sign.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    We wont get Remy, no chance.

    I can see us maybe getting Debuchy, not fussed with Douglas anymore, he seems a right bell.

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Remy is a smo . . . . decoy/diversion – sending a message to ‘Pool that there are far better options that paying what they are asking for AC.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Debuchy – Quality international, if signed we’ll get him for the best years of his career.
    Similar price to other top fullbacks.
    Friends with Cabaye, if signed makes Cabaye more likely to stay.

    If we don’t sign him and Cabaye is pi$$ed off, he may consider leaving.

    Pay the cash on this deal and lets get one first-team player in.
    There’s more at stake here than just signing a FB.

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  • Valci

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Funny fact about the Demba Ba to Rubin rumor. They were actually refused by Ola Toivonen(who we were linked with a few weeks ago) after PSV and Rubin had agreed on a transfer fee since he wants more of a challenging championship. I guess Ba is the next on their list… it depends on how much money they would be willing to offer him i guess and i’m not as confident as others that Ba will be with us come the end of silly season. We’ll see i guess.

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  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    So good seeing another native possibly shining on the epl

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Valci – I could see other clubs holding back ’til the last minute if they think the fee could be reduced – but that’s hardly the case with Ba.
    Getting a bit late now for anyone to arrange a medical.

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  • chris_g

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes, the Curtis Good story has been confirmed on the Football Australia website, and they say that he’ll be travelling to England “later this evening”. It’s already early evening here in Melbourne so he should be arriving in UK some time in the next 24hrs.
    http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/melbourneheart/news-display/Good-On-Verge-Of-Newcastle-Move/48266

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I think if ba scored his “lump” of goals in the second half of last season, then he would be more in demand. His lack of goal scoring form at the end of last season has probably put a few clubs off. I reckon he’ll be here for another year. HWTL

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Glad were building for the future still. GET HIM OUT OF THAT SILLY RED AND WHITE SHIRT!! LOOKS AWEFUL!!

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  • nico

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #20

    This lads got potential so good to get him. Where are all the English players nowadays though? It’s looking like these type of signings are all we will bring in now. I feel we have a good team, but still thin squad in a few areas. I see a top 8 finish all thats possible this season as we won’t have the same luck as last season. You look at all the teams around us and they are paying decent transfer fees. Thats what happens when you finsh 5th, you can no longer pay 3-4 mil for an 8 mil rated player. I feel if we bring in Dubechy, Anita, Douglas and a good young striker we will be ready to challenge for Champions League. Please Mike get these extra bodies in, gamble a bit and we could make money from Champs League.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Debuchy is a player that can give us the best years of his career. Much like Colo, we can buy for top money, but rather than look for sell on value, he can be a star in the team for years. Our transfer policy is great, but it’s not often we get the chance to sign a top,top player ahead of other clubs. Inter and Chelsea know they have no chance if we can agree a fee, as Debuchy has set his heart on NUFC. So we need to get this done. Also, keep Simmo, the players to leave the squad so far are Smith, Lover, Best and Forster. 4 out and only 2 in (3 if Good signs), but they aren’t pushing for a starting role if you ask me. We need a RB, CB, at least one striker and possibly another midfield player. A top striker and a good young striker would be sensible I think. I just wonder though, is our bid for Remy a genuine thing or is it to try and force Liverpools hand over Carroll? I am pretty sure we will get the players we need in, the sooner the btter really, but at least we know our best 11 as it stands can compete and get our season off to a nice start.

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  • walton1984

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #22

    I am Really looking forward too seeing this Development Squad over the next season or 2 we have a few players that could become very good players……..

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  • RonVanDam

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Whatever happened to Mulumbu? few weeks ago he wanted to leave WBA. Imagine him and tiote working together as DM while cabaye upfront as a attacking midfielder. We’ll have a better goal against and goals scored than last season and no repeat of 5-1, 4-0 from spurs n wigan

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  • Valci

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #24

    toonincheek – im not exactly sure. Isnt the russian championship on a different schedule due to different climate and so forth? … dont follow it but thats what i recall. They do have to follow the international schedule of silly season though regardless of their own championship so i really dont know how late or not it is when it comes to russian clubs.

    Also…i agree about Remy. I’m not really all that keen on him to be honest… but it’s funny reading comments about people “wetting their pands” and such if we sign him. Not long ago i read the same things about De Jong…every decent players were linked with becomes “the second coming of the Messiah” hehe …such are fans i guess.

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  • Valci

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #25

    *pants* i mean lol…

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Valci

    I am a big fan of remi, have been for a long time. De jong? Never knew much about him so wasn’t “wetting my pants” over him. I know what you mean though.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Hatem

    You wouldn ‘t make a poker player or good business man would you! In the old days Shepherd would have offered stupid money in fees and wages that we just didn’t have.

    It’s common practice with many clubs to low ball and unsettle players and has worked a treat for us time and again with all our captures.

    In our 120 year history or however long it is, we have bought one player from Lille. Don’t think it will unduly sour future in ter club relations that much and if it does, we move on. By all reports their chairman keeps upping the price. Why should we pay top dollar when we have Carr sniffing out gems?

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Valci – it’s not just when the silly season – if the rumours are true, the release clause option ends on 31st July.
    The transfer window stays open until the end of August (maybe different for other leagues).

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotunda, that criticism of Hatem doesnt stand up. What Hatem is saying is that we will get the best of Debuchy’s career, and it might help keep Cabaye. Both points make sense. The guy is a talented player and probably worth 7mill . If this is teh valuation, pay up. Their chairman may be upping the price – but who says this is true? Maybe our guy is doing the opposite. After all, apparently we bid a derisory 4mill to start with ……how not to be taken seriously?? For goodness sake, we value Simmo at about 3mill ?? I appreciate there may be many factors involved here, but so far we have stalled on all ouir targets at senior level – maybe NUFC / MA is the common denominator?

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    If This Lad Can Cut it Then We have Done Well. I am fed up With Going for Players Then We Just Get Blown Out !!!! Carroll – De Jong- Debouchy- Douglas- Anita .. All 5 Just a Waste of Time and Effort. If we didn’t have new players why did we let Guthrie and Best Leave ??? Now That is Just Daft !! You cant Let Experienced Players Go and Then Bring 18 to 20 year old Kids in !!!!!

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  • chuck

    Jul 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Any deceptive headline for a hit , eh Ed ?

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  • pawl250

    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #32

    When people say we have lost 4 players in Lovenkrands, Best, Foster and Smith they seem to forget about Gurthie, probably the biggest squad player we have lost.

    Foster, Smith and except 2-3 games Lovenkrands didn’t really feature in our first team, even our youth backup was stronger and played more games than them.

    Best and Guthrie have been our only losses in terms of squad players so far.

    Our current squad as shown on NUFC website:
    (Except Good)

    Krul, Elliot, Harper

    Simpson, Tav, Colo, Williamson, STaylor, Street, Good, RTaylor, Santon, Ferguson, Perch

    Ben Arfa, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Vuckic, Abeid, Biri, Jonas, Marveaux, Gosling, Amalfitano

    Ba, Cisse, Sammy, Shola

    This is a young squad, but actually stronger than you would think.

    Debuchy and Douglas are key signings for me personally. I would honestly think another striker would be perfect for the window. Our young players look ready, and will be expected to step up they cannot sit on the sidelines forever.

    Ok we have more games this year but we have made additions to improve the squad. I think people need to calm down though, if we dont get Debuchy (I really hope we do) it doesnt mean its all over.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    What you have to remember is Sammy, STaylor, Marveaux were injured the majority of last season.

    And the likes of Abeid who looks ready, didnt even feature. This means we already have new squad members we didnt have last year before making a signing.

    Amalfitano will most likley replace Guthries role as a squad player. Biri can replace Smith. Sammy can replace Best. and Marveaux Lovenkrands.

    We are in a similar if not stronger position both in quality and financially than we were last yr. OK the argument that some players would have been squad players last year if not injured but ultimately they didnt feature, or did much not much therefore act like new signings to replace them. Injuries happen, this season we will no doubt have injuries that will effect the squad.

    Personally I can only see Debuchy making the starting 11 (should we sign him) out of those we are linked with anyway! INCLUDING Remy who I think will be used as a squad player not a first team role unless he starts banging the goals in. I would rather have Babel anyway, a cheaper alternative with a similar style of play. He can also play on the wings, but personally would like to see him central!

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  • jlarsen

    Jul 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Why would we buy Good when we had Best?

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  • Geordie In Oz

    Jul 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #35

    As an Aussie it’s great to see this lad jump on board. Having said that the reality is that he’s not yet within a million miles of being a first team premiership defender. Will be interesting to see him develop but we have a new season fast approaching and are yet to even look signing the centre half that we so desperately need. Good is not the solution to that problem, not at this point in time.

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  • Matthew Tom

    Jul 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #36

    No one questions paying £9m for Colo – Debuchy is definitely in the same bracket. Just a great player we should sign without any view to selling him on at all. We need a few of those as well as developing talent.

    Interesting to hear comments about Sammy Abeid, Amalfitano, Bigi etc being good enough to support Cabaye and Tiote already. I doubt they are really ready, but I’d rather blood these youngsters now and again rather than relying on average players like Smith and Guthrie. Although I feel Guthrie probably had more to give than we have him opportunity to show.

    We need one decent CB, one decent RB/LB and one decent striker/winger – if we can get a few talented young lads too that’s great, but we do need a few quality additions in these areas I think. A bad injury to Colo/Saylor, Santon or Ba/Cisse and we really do not have good enough cover at the moment.

    Let Simpson stay his last year and eff off on a free if he wants. We won’t get much for him and he may just change his mind and sign a new deal. Not really good enough to be number one RB but a decent player who has done us good service these last couple of years and I would be sad to see him go.

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  • tony green

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #37

    I think pawl250 makes a good point…I’m hoping that Abeid, together with a (hopefully) now fully fit Dan Gosling (forgotten man) will be pushing for selection…

    not forgetting that Perchinho seemed effective in the centre of the park for us too..

    AND the icing on the cake would be Harry Vukic fulfilling the potential that people talked about.

    (btw toonincheek) a couple of days back I did post a link for you so you could see a brief clip of Tony Green in action – albeit for Blackpool) but it got held up for moderation

    it was July 24th Ed’s article about Abdel BARRADA
    but it’s on there now if you’re interested)

    Ta..keep sipping the green tea Ed… HWTL

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