It’s always difficult for new players when they arrive at Newcastle, and 20-year-old Australian Curtis Good struggled initially when he arrived on Tyneside in late July last year, after he was signed from Melbourne Heat for a bargain £400K fee.
Curtis Good – played well on loan at Bradford
And Curtis will represent Australia in the U20 FIFA World Cup in Turkey which starts later this month, and Gael Bigirimana will also be participating in that tournament for England.
Curtis has been interviewed today in the Evening Chronicle and he has big ambitions at the club:
“The biggest thing is to start well in pre-season with Newcastle and move a bit closer to the start of it all.” “Last year I came a month into it.” “I was in at the end of July so I felt I was behind after that.”
“So this year I am looking forward to coming back refreshed after spending some time at home.” “It is reassuring to get a few compliments from the manager. You just have to keep on doing that and progressing well.”
“If the opportunity comes then I will be ready for it – hopefully as a center-back.” “Going out on loan as a center-back is difficult because you are normally only needed as an emergency.” “
“But playing for Bradford was a great experience for me – especially the Capital One Cup final.” “I wanted experience of first-team football and that’s what I got. It will really help me for next season. That’s what it is all about.” “You just want to be involved as much as you can.”
“If you want to progress at Newcastle you are going to need that.” “I have my first season under my belt now. I am used to it.” “The first few months were hard but now I know about the city and people from here so it makes it easier for me.”
And Alan Pardew showed his comedic tendencies after Curtis arrived back from Bradford City a few months ago, when he said Good’s nickname had been changed to “Curtis Better” after he had played so well for Bradford out on loan.
The days when top young players would simply idle their time playing in the Reserves (the U21 side) are hopefully over at Newcastle, and the lads need to play first team football at other clubs, to develop their skills and gain valuable experience.
And there’s a likelihood that Curtis will be loaned out again in September, and that will allow him to get some playing time, and as Curtis says himself, he needs that if he is going to make a break-through at the Tyneside club.
But he will also be given time to develop on Tyneside.
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