Returning Reds star happy to be home

There is no place like “home” for returning Adelaide United star Craig Goodwin as he embarks on his third stint the with the Reds.

Out of hotel quarantine, Goodwin – who has rejoined his hometown club for the rest of the A-League season on loan from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Wehda – is back at training with the Reds squad and keen to play in Saturday’s clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

“For me there’s no bigger honour than being with Adelaide, besides the Socceroos,” the 29-year-old winger said.

“It’s like going back home.

“Probably the most enjoyable years I’ve had in my career have come at (the Reds’ home ground) Coopers Stadium, so I’m very excited to be back and hopefully I can bring more success to the club.”

Out of quarantine and out on the track.

Goodwin worked hard on the treadmill during his two weeks in quarantine, and said the fact that he was playing regularly in Saudi Arabia up until flying back to Australia, meant that fitness would not be an issue if selected this weekend by Reds coach Carl Veart.

“I’ll be ready go very soon,” he said.

“It’s up to the coach, obviously. I’ll speak with him, and see how I go this week at training.”

Goodwin, capped five times for Australia, will add some attacking spark to a Reds’ side that needed three controversial penalties – all scored by Tomi Juric – to beat the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 at Coopers Stadium last Friday night.

The win snapped a run of three straight losses for the Reds, who are sitting mid-table with 10 points from eight games.

“It was a match that the club needed to win,” Goodwin said of last Friday’s victory.

“At times the football wasn’t probably the prettiest but sometimes when you’re off the back of a few losses. it doesn’t matter how you win. You just have to get that first one, and then you can work on it from there.

“Defensively the team was better. It’s the win that counts and we can work and improve from there.”

Apart from football, Goodwin also had personal reasons for wanting to return to Adelaide, with his partner Katelyn expecting the couple’s first child.

“It’s a different chapter for me and I’m really excited. We had the first scan (on Monday) and it makes it a bit more real,” he said.

“It was one of the major factors (in returning home), but now that I’m here I’m looking to have a really good time with Adelaide.”

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