Australian Football: Goodwin targets Socceroos return

27 November 2021 12:16:22 GMTPlus11
Goodwin eyes Socceroos recall

Craig Goodwin has set his sights on playing for the Socceroos at the World Cup but knows he needs to be performing well for Adelaide United to get there.

Adelaide are priced at 20/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and it is a big season for the Reds and Goodwin.

Loan deal extended

Goodwin returned to Adelaide last season when boss Carl Veart snapped him up on loan from Saudi club Al-Wehda and the deal has been extended for the rest of this campaign as well.

Goodwin has overcome an ankle injury and was on the bench when the Reds kicked off the season with a 1-1 draw Perth Glory last Saturday.

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But he knows he needs to be a regular starter and impressing if he is to force his way into the thoughts of Socceroos boss Graham Arnold.

"It's a really big season for myself and for the club," Goodwin told AAP. "I always say that to be anywhere near the Socceroos, I have to be playing well and consistently here.

"As a winger I need to be first of all getting as many minutes as possible and then contributing to goals and assists as much as I can.

"Hopefully that'll put me back in the frame for the Socceroos building into the World Cup next year around December and obviously before that, the qualifying stages.

"I feel I can make an impact for the Socceroos if I'm called upon but to get to that stage I really need to hit my maximum level here at Adelaide."

City test

Adelaide continue the new season with a tough clash against the reigning champions Melbourne City but they did beat them at the same stage last season.

"They're a very strong team and they've recruited a couple good players as well," Goodwin said. "We know that they're the benchmark from last season so it's a tough game for us.

"But on our home turf, we'll be confident that we can go out there, give them a lot of problems and hopefully get the three points."

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