Injury threatens Curtis Good's Dundee deal

Curtis Good’s hopes of re-joining Dundee United have suffered a blow with the Scottish club conceding they may not be able to wait on his fitness.

United boss Jackie McNamara admitted late last month that talks had started with Good about re-joining the club on loan for the 2014-15 season.

A potential loan switch to United would be a major boost for Good’s bid to be part of Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup squad, as he appears out of the first team frame at parent club Newcastle.

However, the 21-year-old Australian is still battling to recover from a hip injury suffered on his international debut in March, which effectively ended his previous loan stint with the Tangerines.

Good is making slow progress in his recovery and McNamara said that meant they may need to move on in their search for a central defender with the new Scottish season commencing on August 9.

“Curtis had surgery before Australia went to the World Cup but he’s still not doing much and that’s a problem,” McNamara told reporters.

“Central defence is an area I want to strengthen further for the start of the season so it might be we can’t wait.

“I have to say the fact he would be a loan player again is also an issue. I always prefer to have players who are our own.”

Good made five appearances for the Tangerines during his loan stint in the back-half of the 2013-14 season before injury intervened.

The highly-rated former Melbourne Heart man was named in Australia’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad but sadly missed the final cut after re-injuring the problem in Socceroos training.