New boy Chris Good played 79 minutes at the International Stadium tonight in the Newcastle Reserves 3-1 win over Gateshead, and before that Curtis gave his very first interview on the Newcastle web -site.
It’s Good – Curtis in Newcastle colors
Curtis was on Tyneside for about 10 days in April, when he was having his trial, which led to his signing yesterday on a long six year deal at the Magpies, and it seems he took to Newcastle immediately:
“It’s great to be here.” “It’s been a long process and there were times when I wasn’t sure if I was coming, but now I’m sat here it’s brilliant.”
“The city is amazing. I’m staying in a hotel just around the corner from the stadium, so I have been able to walk around the city and it’s really nice.”
“I came here on trial in April and if I’m honest I wasn’t sure what it would be like – the city, English football and all that – but I just loved it.”
“The people here, my teammates, everyone around the Club, they are all lovely and really helped take care of me and make me settle in.”
“I was lucky enough to see the home game against Stoke when I was on trial, and that was a completely different football experience compared to back home. It was amazing.”
“When I walked into the stadium, I was just like ‘wow’, and it was unbelievable. The atmosphere was unreal and watching the team win was great too.”
“But not just the game though – I woke up early and went into the city to grab a coffee, and it was buzzing for the match already, even in the early hours.”
“That gave me a taster of what it’s all about here and it’s something I would love to experience for myself, running out on that pitch as a Newcastle player.”
Curtis was at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, the capital city, from 2009, and he finally made a total of 25 appearances for Melbourne Heart last season, after only signing on a year last February for the A-League side, so his rise to prominence has been fairly meteoric – and we hope that will continue at Newcastle.
And he explained that his two previous coaches before current Melbourne manager John Aloisi, were both Dutch, and they emphasized keeping the ball and using it well, and it shows in Curtis’ play, because he is very comfortable on the ball, and is mostly left footed – so maybe he could play at left-back as well as center-back?
“When I first arrived at the Institute I was a striker and then got moved back to be a midfielder.” “As soon as I hit six-foot they moved me back again and I’ve been there ever since.”
“Before John Aloisi, my two previous coaches were Dutch and they really emphasized keeping the ball and using it well That’s how I would describe myself – I like to play like that.”
“As for my hopes this season, I can’t really say.” “I just want to settle in here, work as hard as I can and then hopefully be even more successful than last season.”
“I made big steps last year at Melbourne but I don’t want to stop there. I want to go even further and to be a part of Newcastle’s season would be brilliant.”
We had heard that Curtis was a smashing lad, and it will be great to see him play, and maybe he will get a run-out in Holland on Saturday afternoon, although Alan Pardew will not want to rush him too much, and he’ll be given plenty of time and space to settle down on Tyneside.
We think this lad will turn out to be stellar signing for Newcastle down the road.