CURTIS Good feels his hard work at Newcastle United is finally paying off.
The defender made his senior debut in last week’s Capital One Cup win over Morecambe.
Good – who had a loan spell at Bradford City last season – joined Newcastle from Melbourne Heart in his native Australia a year ago.
The 20-year-old and his central defensive partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa were given an uncomfortable first 45 minutes by the League Two club, but United settled after the break and won 2-0.
And Good – who appeared in the final of last season’s competition with Bradford – was just glad to helped Newcastle into the next round of the competition.
Reflecting on his debut, Good said: “I was very happy, nervous at the same time,”
“Obviously, I’ve been here for a year now and I’ve worked really hard, so it was good to finally get an opportunity. It was good we got the win. The club really needed it for the fans.
“It was a battle, especially that first half. They were putting it on top of us.
“I had a loan spell at League Two last season, and it was even harder than that. We showed our character and came out in the second half and got the win.”
Good’s first competitive game for Newcastle has further whetted his appetite for what lies ahead at United.
He added: “It’s always good when you take a step forward in your career. It gives you confidence.
“It makes you hungry for more. You want to go further.”
Good is open to another spell away from St James’s Park to gain more first-team experience.
It isa understood St Mirren were among the clubs interested in taking the Australia Under-20 international on loan earlier in the summer.
“(Playing for Bradford) helped me heaps,” he said “I experienced different things.
“It’s a completely different game to the reserves. It’s direct and physical, and it’s all about getting the three points.
“I’m not sure at the moment, but I’d love another loan spell. I’d love to be playing pro football week in, week out. If I could, I’d be looking for a loan, but that’s up to the manager.
“I’ll just keep working hard here, and try and get closer to the first team.”
Good, captaining Newcastle’s Under-21s at Whitley Park, was brought down to earth on Monday afternoon by West Ham United, who fought back from 3-0 down to win 5-4.
He said: “Football’s highs and lows – winning a game Wednesday then losing 5-4.”
Good can play at left back as well as centre half, and he was described as a “rare commodity” by Melbourne’s general manager, John Didulica, after he signed a six-year deal at United.
“He’s not scared of a physical battle at all, and he’s technically outstanding. He’s got a wonderful left foot,” Didulica said.
“There aren’t too many players in the world, let alone Australia, who are big, strong and have a wonderful pass.”