Good start to Curtis’ Newcastle Utd career

DONE DEAL ... defender Curtis Good has signed for Newcastle United.
DONE DEAL ... defender Curtis Good has signed for Newcastle United.

CURTIS Good told of his joy after kicking off his Newcastle United career.

The defender this week joined the club from Australian club Melbourne Heart.

Good made his debut in last night’s 4-1 reserve win over Gateshead at the International Stadium.

It was the teenager’s first game since the end of Australia’s A-League season in March.

Despite his lack of match fitness and practice, Good looked comfortable at the back alongside James Tavernier.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be here,” Good told SportMail.

“It was a good feeling to get a 4-1 win in your first game. It was a relief because I haven’t played for a while.

“I hadn’t played since last season, and it was good to be out there again.”

Good had a successful trial at United late last season, and he flew to England last week to undergo a medical ahead of his signing.

And the Australia Under-20 international has told of his relief after finally becoming a Newcastle player.

“It has dragged on for a while, but it’s happened,” he said. “It was good to feel so welcome.

“I was here for two weeks (on trial), and I didn’t know how it had went. Then I was told they wanted me, and it was great feeling. I couldn’t wait to get over here.

“There were problems with visas and stuff like that, but we got there in the end.

“I came to Newcastle last Thursday, so it has been a week. I couldn’t train when I first got here because everything hadn’t been pushed through.

“But everything’s cleared, and it’s about hard work now.

“I watched the Premier League all of the time, so to be here as a Newcastle player in the black and white stripes is surreal almost.”

Good established himself in the Melbourne Heart team last season after joining from the Australian Institute of Sport.

The 18-year-old is described as a ball-playing centre-half who is comfortable in possession.

“I used to be a central midfielder, but once I grew to 6ft they put me at the back,” said Good.

“I’ve played under a Dutch coaches who are pretty keen on playing from the back.

“I just want to help the team get as far as they can go.”

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