Centre back Curtis Good has got off to a flying start in Scotland, helping new club Dundee United to a three-game unbeaten run, and is hoping the switch puts him in the frame for Socceroo selection.
The defender joined United two and half weeks ago, on loan from Newcastle United for the rest of season, and has already made three appearances for the Tangerines.
Good played 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premier League and backed it up with another full game in defence in the 2-1 Scottish Cup win over St Mirren. He then scored with a header in the club’s 3-2 victory in the league against Kilmarnock.
“So far I’m loving it,” Good said. “They’re a great bunch of players and yeah so happy to be here. [It’s a] bit disappointing with the draw first up, I think we could have got the three points but I thought in the Cup we played really well. The score was only 2-1 but I thought it could have been a lot more our way.”
Good was delighted to get his first goal for Dundee United on the weekend, after heading the ball past the Killie keeper from a corner.
“It was a great feeling, it has been a while since I scored so I was a bit surprised when it went in,” he said. “But I'm really glad to get on the scoresheet and get the three points.”
Relegated to reserve team football for most of the season at Newcastle, Good sought out a loan move with St Mirren one club interested in him. He chose Dundee United because of the chance of regular football and the club’s reputation for playing passing football.
“It was tough to get a first-team look in at Newcastle so it was a last minute thing,” Good said. “It was a day before the deadline they called me on the Thursday and wanted me to come up Friday and play Saturday so it all happened quickly.
“When Jackie called me he said he wanted me to play on Saturday so I knew they were pretty short at the back. It was a matter of trying to fit in as quick as possible really and straight into the games.
“I’ve been very, very happy with the [standard of the] Scottish league. I hadn’t known much about it, I hadn’t watched much of it but when I came here, especially Dundee, they try and play as much football as possible.
"In our first two games I’ve noticed we try to play the ball out and we’ve got a lot of good young players in the team who are good on the ball and good at creating stuff.”
Since departing Melbourne Heart in 2012 the left-sided stopper has made one appearance for Newcastle in the League Cup and had a short spell on loan at Bradford in League Two. Good also captained the Olyroos at the recent AFC Under-22 Championship in Oman and appeared for the Young Socceroos at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.
The 20-year old’s target is to play in every game possible for Dundee United in the rest of the season and push for a centre half spot in Ange Postecoglou’s back four.
“Just be involved in as much games as possible really and obviously win those games for the club and the fan,” Good said. “Also it would be good to have a Cup run. We’re in the quarters now and we’ve got a bit of a tough draw, we’ll be playing Inverness away. It’s a tough draw but definitely hopeful.
“That’s [the Socceroos] why I went on loan really. I wanted to be put on the radar, maybe not for this World Cup but just to put your name out there and say you’re playing first-team football, giving yourself every opportunity I guess.
“Obviously I’m hopeful to be selected for the Ecuador game. I’ll have to wait and see.”comments