Goodwin signs with Adelaide United

Craig Goodwin is returning home to South Australia after signing a two-year contract with Adelaide United.

The 22-year-old was released by Newcastle on Friday after two seasons with the Jets where he made 42 appearances and scored 5 goals.

The talented left-sided player becomes the 17th South Australian-born player in United's squad.

“I’m very excited to join Adelaide United and to play the attacking brand of football under Josep Gombau,” Goodwin said.

 “Having the opportunity to come back home and play in front of my family and friends on a regular basis and to play in the team I grew up watching, is something I will remember for the rest of my career.

 “I just can’t wait to get started. I want to show everybody in Adelaide what I am all about and what I can bring to the team for this season and beyond.

“I felt I needed a change and that coming to Adelaide, back to my home-town, and being able to play for United in Gombau’s style of play, will really suit the way I like to play.

“I would also like to thank Newcastle for two happy years. It’s a great town and a great club. I will never forget the boys and the team.”

Goodwin will arrive back home in Adelaide on Tuesday and will link up with his new teammates the following day.

Coach Josep Gombau said he was excited to bring home another South Australian player.

 “He is player that can play both left back and left wing, positions we need to fill,” Gombau said.

 “He’s a player that has experience in A-League and with the national teams.

 “We are also bringing back home a South Australian boy, which follows our vision in having SA players at Adelaide United.”

Goodwin joined Jets from then-Melbourne Heart and was picked up by John Aloisi for the coach's first National Youth League squad before making four senior appearances under John van't Schip.

Before that he was at Oakleigh Cannons in the Victorian Premier League after making the move from the Adelaide Raiders.

Goodwin has been touted as one of the A-League's hottest youngsters since making his senior debut but struggled for game time last season.

His form in the previous season earned him a call-up from then Socceroos coach Holger Osieck for the East Asian Football Cup.