Newcastle Youngster Gets Full International Call-Up

Curtis Good is doing very well on loan at Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League, just like he did well last year at this time when he was on loan at Bradford City, and they reached the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley, before losing to Swansea.

Soccer - Scottish Cup - Fifth Round - Dundee United v St Mirren - Tannadice Park

Curtis Good – playing well at Dundee United

Curtis has already played 13 times for the Australia U20 side and twice for the U23 side, and he has been given his first call-up for Australia for their friendly game against Ecuador next week in London.

Good is a solid young player, and in his only appearance for Newcastle at Morecambe in the League Cup in August, he had a good game, but he needs regular first team games to improve, and he’s getting them north of the border through the end of the season.

And if Curtis does well next week and impresses in training, there’s a decent possibility he could make Australia’s World Cup side in the summer.

And the 20 year-old is certainly one for the future –  both for Newcastle and Australia.

The Australian manager, Ange Postecoglou, had this to say about his squad for the World Cup this summer:

“Selection in the final squad for the World Cup is still very much an open door.”

Here is the Australian squad for the friendly next week:

Oliver Bozanic, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Curtis Good, Ben Halloran, Chris Herd, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Tommy Rogic, Matt Ryan, Adam Sarota, Matthew Spiranovic, Dario Vidosic, Luke Wilkshire.

It would be great if Curtis picks up his first senior cap for Australia in the game at Milwall next Wednesday night.

The former Melbourne Heart player is just one of many of Newcastle’s young players out on loan through the end of the season. and they include Jame Tavernier and Haris Vuckic at Rotherham, Mehdi Abeid at Panathinaikos, Romain Amalfitano at Dijon, Shane Ferguson at Birmingham and Adam Campbell and Conor Newton at St. Mirren.

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36 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Will he ever come good for the toon tho – see what i did there, I’m a genius

  • mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Actually I don’t know why I bother posting in the mornings – Ed sticks articles up so frequently my words of wisdom rarely get to the audience they deserve

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I hear your words mindshaft but what happens if he’s too good for us

  • Spoof

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4


    it could be argued that your words do get the audience they deserve lol

  • croftus5678

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    hehe hull are thinking about a move for saylor ^^ rofl

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    In all seriousness good does look a look little player and could have a bright future with us and Australia

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7


  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    The differences in peoples predicted formations seems to be whether to play Remy in a striking two or dropping deeper / to the left wing. It was highlighted on MOTD that he had to adapt due to being marked out of the game by Vlaar and he dropped deeper to get hold of the ball, however he is no playmaker. Remy struggled because Vlaar stuck to him like glue and at the same time Cisse was his partner.

    Will Pardew match the Hull 442 formation or play 433/451? The experience of the last game and Hulls more effective defence would indicate Remy and de Jung can and will need to form an effective partnership that replicates Short and Jelavic. Cutting of the supply to Hulls front two will be the key to Pardews formation and consequently the out look of our forward line.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9


    if you have an iPhone or pad there is an an app called four four two stat zone , all the stats come from opta, it give detailed maps of every player
    if you care to look you will see exactly where benteke won the most of his headers , it was around our box,
    you will find that vlar won most of there headers in his box


    I’m not sayin anything is fixed , I just did not see him as mom , the whole team where poor until LDJ came on


    I know you are , and yes I do see what your saying, but like I say , it was heading for a nil nil until LDJ came on, other than benteke our DF had Little to do , villa where pooe

  • Blofal

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Australia’s centrebacks are geriatric and useless at the moment… Lucas Neill has finally been left out of the squad at 35yrs old!

    Now Good is playing regularly he is primed to play at CB in the World Cup if he is lucky.

    Australia is using the World Cup to blood young players in preparation for the Asian Cup coming up.

    Australia is drawn against Spain, Netherlands and Chile… so we have no hope of getting through. Hence why we are using it to give the next generation experience.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    @8 70two

    this is the first season in a long time that we have 2 strikers that actually have a brain playing for us though 🙂 so they should be fine !

    as the great shearer once said to be a great striker you need to be able to adapt to play with any striking partner ! and not just constantly run blindly offside…ok maybe i added that last part myself 🙂

  • geordie157

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Spoof, that made me chuckle.

    Be Good (sorry not meant to be a pun) if at least one of young centre backs comes good. Good, Streete, Satka are all good prospects but then so was Kadar and he’s now back in Hungary

  • Ciaran

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Was just checking the e-mails today and there is some positive news regarding Government taking a tougher stance on football governance – as the All-Parliamentary report on the issue was published today. In it they discuss how fan ownership is a positive thing, and that football authorities should actively encourage it as well as promoting a system that will protect a club’s legacy assets – club name, colours, home ground ownership.

    A draft bill is to be drawn up as soon as possible, and all parties are to include in their election manifesto ways to address football governance moving forward.

    Unfortunately it was supposed to be on the legislative agenda for this government, but was tabled, and I cannot see any Bill being enacted before the next election.

    Could be political rhetoric, or it could be a promise for the future. Football authorities need to regulate themselves before government steps in.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    all our young cb’s are too lightweight for my liking tbh still time to beef up though.

    my pick of them is streete as the few times i’ve seen him play he’s not looked out of place at all.

    we need a niel ruddock type cb someone players ar scared of.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle might wanna sound out Ange Postecoglu, if and when they replace Pardew. Tip top coach and man manager. I’m sure he’d say yes, after the World Cup and I’d also feel confident he’d be very good and also equally certain that no one upstairs at Newcastle has ever heard of him. More’s the pity.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #16

    @Spoof – sadly I think you’re right, I’ll get me coat!

  • mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Croftus – Neil Ruddock type player – you cannot be serious man, you’re basically saying we need a fat p!55ed up drunk to kick people round the park to replace Cabaye!

  • Blofal

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Jimmy…. im an Aussie too… but no way.

    He was brilliant in the A-League but the EPL is a whole different ball game. Lets see how he does against Chile and Spain and the Netherlands with the weakest Australian team in a decade first…

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Remember James Troisi?

    Great work we did with that lad, lets hope Curtis isnt wasted by Parju

  • Sav

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Good on yer!

  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21


    Can only hope that they form such a partnership that it may make Remy consider staying – no doubt Pardew will put him on the wing then!

  • beermonkey

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think there is a lot we can do to lure remy to stay

    were only a platform for him to so he could get into the world cup team and now a potential move to a champions league team

  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think we have a chance of reaching a European place and consequently be able to attract the calibre of player associated, for which the ‘board’ must take the blame. The outside chance it could happen is if there is a complete and utter collapse in the teams immediately above us. Or if we win all our home games against ManU, Evrtn, Swns, CPl, Crdf and away at Fulam, Stoke and Hull. Hardly very likely, so I hope Pardew gets real and does not continue to spout rubbish in the press.

  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #24

    continuation from @21

    The danger is that if Remy and de Jong really find form together in a partnership, they could both be off without a chance of NUFC offering an attractive proposition. I would still play the both of them in order to generate a positive playing attitude throughout the squad.

  • JackButler

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    There are two things that Remy wants and we can not and will not offer him either as paying him what he wants is out of the question and as for Champions League football, well that would require ambition and we are all out of that it seems

  • mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Think we have a chance of De Jong staying although whether we’ll want him to is undecided as yet
    Sadly think Remy will be off with Arsenal being a likely destination if he stays in the prem – shame as he looks the real deal and comes across as a nice bloke – I like the way he gives his shirt to fans after games and the way he dedicated his goal at the weekend to John Carvers dad who had passed away

    Loved the celebration after the goal on Sat – Collo looked like he was gonna chin the lot of em

  • JackButler

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #27

    The real worry is that we could be left with only one striker on the books come the summer, that added to the rest of the players that can and realistically will leave and we are left with a squad that will be left decimated and in pieces.

    Over to you Mr. Ashley

  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #28

    If the Hull game was at home I would probably play Gouffran in a 433, however I think Pardew should go for 442:

    ———-Remy – de Jong
    Sammy – Tiote – Anita – Sissoko
    Haidarra – Collo – Willo – Debuchy

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    i have zero faith in our academy system. adam campbell has disappeareed after being labbelled the next Shearer.

    Now adam armstrong will soon disappear and will not make any progress.

    It’s best they both move to other bigger clubs with better managers and coaches who can bring them to the next level.

    Curtis Good, Armstrong, Campbell should seriously consider their time here. Or they are going to be wasted under Pardew Steve Stone etc. lol

  • beermonkey

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #30

    I think de jong will stay, think the deal is done just down to us to activate the buying part

    will arsenal go for remy the top4 clubs don’t tend to buy strikers after a good season he has only been in the prem a year
    you would have thought they would all have been queuing to sign benteke in the summer but he is still at villa and does not look like the player he was last year

  • 70TWO

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31


    Lee Ryder is quoting that Ashley has a ‘wait and see’ approach to installing a Chairman/DOF, I am wondering what the threshold is? We surely need someone capable of overseeing the clubs business in a dedicated and full time capacity.

  • JackButler

    Feb 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #32


    Ashley has employed the wrong people for the wrong job since day one of his tenure. In all honesty it doesn’t matter who we have as chairman or DoF as they will only be allowed to operate under his policies and while those policies are wrong nothing is going to change overall.

    Unless he is willing to change his complete approach to how he see’s the club and therefore how he runs the club we will be left being run by a maverick businessman with no idea of how to take us forward.

    We will spend to survive, as proven by last January’s (2013) transfer business, we will take any serious money offered for ANY player with as little as possible being reinvested

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #33

    With Jagelka out of the England squad

    Howsabout Williamson getting a call up

    played well this season and what I have seen of him should be given a chance.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #34

    I am going to try to not get sucked into the belief that we are going to sign a superstar anytime soon -I will disbelieve any such suggestions. I was nearly convinced that we were going to buy a hot player last year – I fall for it every season.
    Now then, no prizes for guessing, which player in the Bundesliga is doing really well and is joint second top scorer (despite playing less games) than Ramos of Berlin and Lewandowski of Dortmund who are both on 14 league goal each. Yes you’ve guessed it -Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. He’s on 13 goals or 16 in 29 games in all competitions. Clearly a top player – really I delude myself in thinking he was coming to the Toon.
    Just been reading a profile about him- I knew he was fast -but he’s now being referred to as electric or Ussain Boltesque -such is his speed.
    In a recent game -he gave an opposition player a 40 metre head start -chased back and got the challenge in.
    Couple of quotes.-
    “The whole coaching staff have spoken to me quite a lot and explained a lot of things so that I’m better defensively,” he said this week – and his self-sacrifice on behalf of the team was evident in his racing back to apprehend Alex Meier on Saturday, “despite Meier having a 40-metre headstart” as Klopp stated admiringly.

    But Klopp is also aware his jet-heeled asset has one other precious commodity. “It’s easier to teach the things which are not optimal than to teach someone to be dangerous in front of goal. He has the goalscoring instinct in him,” the Dortmund boss told Kicker, a statement backed up by Aubameyang’s second goal against Frankfurt for which he just stepped away from goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to create the space needed should the ball drop to him.

    I need to stop dreaming -like we all do – we are sold the con each season and lap it up.

  • mag

    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #35

    The whole squad is full of average players that need moved on, Remy and Mr T, are the two best players at the club. Williamson and Saylor are Championship quality Coloccini is past it, Fatty needs to dig deep in the summer and sack Pardew also.

  • Sydney Toon

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #36

    My thoughts on Curtis Good – This kid has all the attributes for a top class defender, has pace, at ease with the ball, good pace, great in the air and has the physical presence. He will make it, but don’t be too surprised if he ends up in Holland or Germany, most of our Aussie exports are plying their trade there, along with Japan where they have a strong technical sense.

    @ Jimmy – Ange is a great tactical manager, but I agree with others that he needs to show stronger success at the international level. He is still quite young as well, don’t forget Graham Arnold almost got the job at Sheffield Utd. That’s after years of success at the A League Level with a team with little to no budget. He is doing very well overseas now.


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