The Port Melbourne Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of one of the VFL’s most powerful big men, Tom Goodwin, for season 2019.
Goodwin, 27, joins the Borough from fellow standalone VFL rivals Coburg, and brings with him an outstanding footballing repertoire.
Initially from East Ringwood, Goodwin has spent time with Port Adelaide (SANFL) and Box Hill (VFL) before landing at the Lions on the eve of season 2015.
He has since fielded consistent interest from AFL clubs having gone from strength-to-strength in the VFL competition, and marks a massive coup for the Borough’s ruck stocks.
Goodwin was the winner of Coburg’s senior Best and Fairest award in 2016, and has been captain of Coburg for the past two seasons; meaning the football ability that he brings to the playing group will be matched equally by leadership, experience and a hunger for team success.
Goodwin said he was incredibly excited by what lay ahead.
“I’m looking forward to coming to a club with such a rich history of being successful,” he said.
“Port have fought above their weight and are at the pointy end of the competition most years.”
Goodwin said he already had good relationships with some of the playing group, including some of the boys who will be excited by the prospect of having the big ruckman feeding them first use of the ball at stoppages next season.
“I’m good mates with Tommy O’Sullivan, Matty Arnot, Eli Templeton and Jordan Lisle.
“They’re a really good bunch of blokes who are all striving to be competitive,” he said.
Goodwin said that “funnily enough” he had completed a pre-season with the Borough in season 2011, and had always kept a close eye on the club’s fortunes since.
“I’ve always loved the club from afar and had a healthy respect for the place.
“I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my footy career and hopefully find the ultimate success one day to recreate the club’s form of 2017.”
Port Melbourne Coach Gary Ayres said Goodwin would be a terrific acquisition for the Borough’s Premiership ambitions next season.
“Tommy will definitely bring some presence to our squad,” he said.
“We know he’s super-competitive and the way that Tom can play will certainly give us an advantage from a physical point of view.”
“He’s been a captain and a Best and Fairest winner; and with that comes leadership and an ability to understand the game,” he said.
Ayres was also attracted to Goodwin’s knowledge of the competition and the workings of a VFL standalone club.
“Overall, we think he’ll be an enormous addition and we still see his best footy being in front of him as well.”
The 200cm-tall Goodwin played 64 games for Coburg, booting 13 goals and also represented the VFL State Team against Western Australia in May 2017.
We welcome him to the Borough and wish him all the very best!
Article / Image: Sam Wharton.