Curtis Good gets pleasant surprise at quality of Bradford City football

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Curtis Good during his City debut against Brentford in the FA Cup Curtis Good during his City debut against Brentford in the FA Cup

Curtis Good was not quite sure what he was letting himself in for when he joined City on a short-term loan deal from Newcastle last month.

The 19-year-old Australian knew little of English football other than the Premier League fare he had watched for years on television Down Under.

“I had no idea what to expect,” said Good, who joined Newcastle in the summer from Melbourne Heart after graduating from the Australian Institute of Sport.

“Back in Australia I only watched EPL (English Premier League) like everyone else. But coming here to Bradford for my first training session, I was really surprised. They’re all professionals and really good on the ball, so I just needed to adapt.”

Good’s initial taste of first-team football came during last Friday night’s FA Cup second-round tie at home to Brentford at a bitterly cold Valley Parade.

The defender admits he was probably at fault for the Bees’ goal but then earned lavish praise from boss Phil Parkinson for his fine display in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Good, who will be hoping to retain his place against Torquay this weekend, explained: “I’ve not really grown up playing against big, physical strikers and the first 20 minutes against Brentford were a bit of a shock. There were a lot of long balls and it’s a big step up from the reserves league.

“It’s something you need to experience if you want to make the transition because there is only so much you can learn from playing against teenagers. Playing in League Two is brilliant for that.”

Good’s story is an intriguing one. He went to Newcastle for a two-week trial in May and was handed a six-year deal.

He recalled: “I was at Melbourne and Newcastle contacted them, saying they wanted me to come over for a trial. I was shocked and as nervous as hell, I’m not going to lie.

“But Newcastle were great and really made me feel welcome. The trial went well and they offered me the contract.

“I’ve lived away from home before but Newcastle is a long way and I was a bit unsure about whether to go in terms of leaving everyone. But when there was a six-year deal on the table, my old man was saying ‘you can’t let this go’.”

For the time being, Good is more than happy to be learning his trade with the Bantams – especially with a Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal looming ever closer.

“I do need this experience before making the first-team at Newcastle,” said Good, whose loan runs out on January 2.

“Bradford are a good club to do it with and in a good league. My reserves coach at Newcastle has said ‘opportunities will come, you just need to be ready’.

“It’s a bit quicker physically and in terms of pressing on the ball. Probably because of the heat back home, you’ve got a bit more time on the ball. But here you don’t have time to think and you need to adapt pretty quickly.

“And the weather, of course. I couldn’t believe it the other day at the Brentford game when there was frost on the pitch!

“But I’m really enjoying it here. My grandparents are from Liverpool. One supports Everton, the other supports Liverpool, so I grew up supporting Liverpool.

“It would be a dream come true to play on Tuesday because all my mates back home are Arsenal supporters. When I said I was coming to Bradford, they knew we were playing Arsenal and were excited.

“Even if I’m only on the bench, just to be involved in the game at a packed stadium would be great.”

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7:29am Fri 7 Dec 12

Danstarr69 says...

Football not Soccer.

Parker we need you back quick, Heppenstall is ruining the Bantams section. LOL
Football not Soccer. Parker we need you back quick, Heppenstall is ruining the Bantams section. LOL Danstarr69
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7:29am Fri 7 Dec 12

Danstarr69 says...

Football not Soccer.

Parker we need you back quick, Heppenstall is ruining the Bantams section. LOL
Football not Soccer. Parker we need you back quick, Heppenstall is ruining the Bantams section. LOL Danstarr69
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7:54am Fri 7 Dec 12

Saltaire Bantam says...

The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players.
The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players. Saltaire Bantam
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8:40am Fri 7 Dec 12

amyb14 says...

carl mchugh is a lot better than good. carl is quicker on the ball and also gets forward more. we need to use our own players rather than giver premier league youngestera experience. hope mchugh plays against arsenal on tuesday.
carl mchugh is a lot better than good. carl is quicker on the ball and also gets forward more. we need to use our own players rather than giver premier league youngestera experience. hope mchugh plays against arsenal on tuesday. amyb14
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10:15am Fri 7 Dec 12

Peter300 says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players.
How stupid! Where do you think City youth players get their experience?
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players.[/p][/quote]How stupid! Where do you think City youth players get their experience? Peter300
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10:17am Fri 7 Dec 12

Peter300 says...

amyb14 wrote:
carl mchugh is a lot better than good. carl is quicker on the ball and also gets forward more. we need to use our own players rather than giver premier league youngestera experience. hope mchugh plays against arsenal on tuesday.
Another ignorant fan. Get back to the drawing board and do your research!
[quote][p][bold]amyb14[/bold] wrote: carl mchugh is a lot better than good. carl is quicker on the ball and also gets forward more. we need to use our own players rather than giver premier league youngestera experience. hope mchugh plays against arsenal on tuesday.[/p][/quote]Another ignorant fan. Get back to the drawing board and do your research! Peter300
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11:37am Fri 7 Dec 12

Saltaire Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
Saltaire Bantam wrote:
The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players.
How stupid! Where do you think City youth players get their experience?
They get experience from playing in the first team and not using Newcastle junior players instead.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: The young lad McCugh is better. We should be playing our own players instead of giving experience to premier league youth team players.[/p][/quote]How stupid! Where do you think City youth players get their experience?[/p][/quote]They get experience from playing in the first team and not using Newcastle junior players instead. Saltaire Bantam
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12:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Waynus1971 says...

Both McHugh & Good are really young lads. Parky is right to rotate the two of them so that neither gets 'burned-out' after playing consecutive matches.

What makes me laugh is that we keep banging on about players kids/reserves in cup games, to keep the first team players fresh, and as soon as PP does this, he gets criticised for not playing our own.

Give me strength...!
Both McHugh & Good are really young lads. Parky is right to rotate the two of them so that neither gets 'burned-out' after playing consecutive matches. What makes me laugh is that we keep banging on about players kids/reserves in cup games, to keep the first team players fresh, and as soon as PP does this, he gets criticised for not playing our own. Give me strength...! Waynus1971
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2:30pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Solomon Grundy says...

Good is 18 and it was his first natch against brentford for god's sake, give the lad a chance.
Good is 18 and it was his first natch against brentford for god's sake, give the lad a chance. Solomon Grundy
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