Newcastle declare Good fit again

Forgotten Socceroo Curtis Good is fit again and back in full training as Newcastle United commenced pre-season last week.

Good, 22, hasn’t played at any level since suffering a recurrence of the long-term hip injury in his first game back with Newcastle’s Under-21s in February.

Newcastle confirmed to FourFourTwo that the highly regarded Australian defender is fit and hopeful of playing some games in the near future.

Good underwent an operation in the United States in February and has since been on a carefully managed road to recovery.

The ex-Melbourne Heart man took part in Newcastle’s opening training session of pre-season last Wednesday under new boss Steve McClaren at the club’s Benton headquarters.

Good was signed by the Magpies in July 2012 on a six-year deal, but has only made one first-team appearance, coming in the League Cup in August 2013.

He had positive loan spells at Bradford City and Dundee United, but has battled the hip issue since picking up the injury in his Australia debut against Ecuador in March last year.

Good pushed to make the 2014 World Cup squad and was included in the 30-man preliminary squad but broke down in training.