Jim Goodwin delighted with move

When season 2007-’08 came to an end, the newspapers and Sky Sports carried a story which read ‘Jim Goodwin given a free release by Scunthorpe United’. That was not really the full story as the Tramore man explained when I interrupted a game of tennis he was playing with his brother-in-law in Glasgow on Monday week last.

“The club offered me a one-year contract in January but I turned it down because at that stage the team were fighting a relegation battle and I did not want to commit myself to a new deal. I was travelling 100 miles to training every day and then I had to drive back once again afterwards so it was by mutual agreement that we decided to go our separate ways when the season came to an end.

“We were the bookies favourites to get relegated from the Championship and they were proved right. We did give it a right go but we simply did not have the quality or the money to stay up. The manager [Nigel Atkins] and the lads at the club were first-class and I wish them well for the future, but the time had come for me to move on.

“In late May I had a number of options and when I spoke with Stan Ternent, the manager of Huddersfield Town [see picture], he impressed me very much. He explained that he had high hopes for the club in League One and although it will be a tough league with clubs like Leicester City and Leeds United in it he believes we can give it a right go. He spoke not only of getting promotion but actually winning the league.

“They enjoyed a great run last season in the FA Cup [they lost out to Chelsea eventually] and he is confident we will be right up there this season. Remember Notts Forest took a while to get out of this division so we know it will be hard but I am really looking forward to it. The move means that I will have only half the distance to travel from where I live with the family compared to Scunthorpe, so that is a real bonus also.

“Stan Ternent has a very good record with Burnley and Bury and the manager really impressed me. I fell it is a very good move for me,” Jim said. When I asked him if Stan Ternent, 62, intended to sign more players Jim had no doubt that he would. “He has signed Keigan Parker from Blackpool and just like me he was impressed by the fact that the club have sold something in the region of 16,000 season tickets to date. That shows the huge support the club has.

“With a new manager and new chairman the club is really going places and I can’t wait to start training and playing with the club.”

During his time with Celtic, and indeed when he played for the Republic of Ireland at all grades Jim, a Tramore man out and out, used to play as a central defender. That is no longer the case as he explains: “Carlton Palmer at Stockport County was the first manager to play me in the middle of the park. To be honest I could not cut it at centre-half because I was too small and ever since I have really come into my own playing in the middle of the park. I am involved all through a game and that suits me fine.”

Jim has only one concern about the upcoming season. With a smile he outlines that minor problem. “My Uncle Mick Goodwin in Tramore is a huge Leeds United fan and no doubt he will be looking for tickets and a jersey when we play them. I hope I will be able to look after him,” laughed Jim before he returned to the tennis game I so rudely interrupted.

*Footnotes: Since I spoke with ‘Goody’, Stan Ternent returned to Jim’s former club, Scunthorpe United, to sign another Irish born player, Jim Gannon. He was a member of the ‘Irons’ team which won promotion from League One to the Championship in 2006-’07. No doubt that signing will be extremely helpful to Jim as he is a close friend of Gannon’s.

The following, written by Ternent, appeared on the official Huddersfield FC messageboard when Jim (26) signed with the West Yorkshire ‘Terriers’: “Jim Goodwin is a real winner and a very competitive midfield player who is a proper Championship performer. There were others in for him but he’s seen the club’s noted support and taken on board our ambitions. He knows we want promotion and he is keen to be part of it. I am delighted to have signed him”. Ternent was appointed manager of Huddersfield on April 28 in succession to Andy Ritchie. Goodwin was his first signing.

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2 Responses to “Jim Goodwin delighted with move”

  1. T Newton Says:

    Very poor reporting. No such player as Jim Gannon is with either Scunthorpe or Huddersfield as this so called Irish born friend does not exist. Keigan Parker from Blackpool was Stan Ternents first signing not Jim Goodwin.

    Regards

    T Newton

  2. liam goodwin Says:

    good but i didnt bother to read it all
    by the way thats my cuz
    wat a ledg

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