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Goodwin returns for a third stint with the Reds

Craig Goodwin is back at Adelaide United. Picture: AAP/Mark Brake

Socceroos winger Craig Goodwin is returning to Adelaide United for a third stint with the Reds after a difficult personal spell in Saudi Arabia.

Goodwin, who has made 92 appearances in all competitions for his hometown club, has rejoined the Adelaide outfit for the rest of the A-League season on loan from Saudi Professional League side Al-Wehda.

“I’m very excited to be coming home to Adelaide United for the remainder of this season,”

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said Goodwin, who is in quarantine until February 19.

“It’s always a special feeling pulling on the Reds shirt and to be playing in front of family and friends weekly.

“The boys have had a mixed start to the season, but have put in some good performances that we’ll look to build on and have a successful year.

“I’ll be looking to repay the club as best I can with my performances on the field. The main thing is the results and helping the team.”

Goodwin, 29, helped the Reds win the A-League premiership-championship double in 2016, as well as the 2018 FFA Cup, in which he was awarded the Mark Viduka Medal for two-goal, man-of-the-match performance in Adelaide’s 2-1 win over Sydney FC.

He joined Al-Wehda in 2019, before a change of coach led to him being loaned last year to Abha.

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“I was doing well and I was playing every game … but for personal reasons, I decided that for me and my partner, we didn’t want to continue in Abha,” Goodwin said.

“We were finding it difficult personally and we decided that we wanted to leave.

“They (Abha) were very good about it. They didn’t want to necessarily lose me but we came to an agreement and now it’s worked out for the rest of the season that I’ll be in Adelaide an I’m really excited about it.”

Adelaide United director of football Bruce Djite said a player of Goodwin’s ilk returning to the club was “fantastic” for the Reds, who meet Macarthur FC at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night.

“Not only will his A-League experience help the younger players, but he is another great character for the change room and adds a lot of quality to the squad,” Djite said.

“Craig’s been playing regularly overseas the last few months, so he’s fit and ready to start playing matches once he’s released from quarantine and reintegrated into the squad.”

Goodwin’s first mach back for the Reds could be Adelaide’s clash with Western United at Coopers Stadium on February 24.

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