Goode surprise for Tumut Eagles

Pictured: James Goode will be back playing for the Tumut Eagles in 2020 with Covid-19 forcing him to move back home to finish his studies online.

In what was looking like the missing piece of the Eagles puzzle this season, Tumut have signed some real strike power in the form of James Goode. 

The potent Eagles striker has been one of the club’s best players in recent seasons and is highly regarded in the FWW competition due to his ability to consistently find the back of the net. 

The signing of Goode only complements the return of other players, such as Tim Dixon, Angus Mason-Elliott, Jay Casey, Matt Casey and Charlie Dodds. 

Goode, who was in Wollongong prior to making the move back home, explained why he would suit up in the Black and Gold for the 2020 season.

“Obviously with the lock down, I had to move back home and all my university classes have gone online for this semester and next semester as well, so I thought I may as well have another year with the Eagles,” Goode said. 

Goode, who is studying a Bachelor of Economics and Finances at Wollongong University, was excited by the return of so many talented players and was appreciative of the opportunity to play another season for his beloved Eagles. 

“We have a really good squad on paper and there is going to be heaps of competition for first grade spots,” Goode said. 

“I thought  last year would be my last time playing for the Eagles, so it is a bit of a treat to come back and get one more season with the boys.”

The Eagles finisher said that Tumut should be aiming for a rare tilt at the Pascoe Cup and applauded the return of the Pascoe Plate, and other Plate competitions in lower grades. 

“Eagles are looking really, really strong and I think we should be pushing for a finals spot and hopefully we can go deep into the finals,” Goode said. 

“Having Plate competitions is good too, it really gives every team something to play for. If someone is battling away in eighth place all season, they are still a chance of winning the Plate, which is good for the club and players,” Goode said. 

Goode was also excited to play under new coach, Dylan Piper-Bye this season, suggesting the Eagles would be working on different formations and team structures before their July 11 return. 

“Dylan has been talking about different formations compared to last year and previous seasons. He wants to work on getting a structured defence because he saw that was one of our weak points last year,” Goode said. 

“He is also looking to avoid isolating the striker as much as we have done in the past as well, so it should be good.”

Piper-Bye was pleased to see Goode back playing for the Eagles and hoped to see the same enthusiasm and energy he has brought to the club  in previous seasons. 

“It’s good to have him join the squad. He will bring a good hunger for the ball and a lot of passion in his game,” Piper-Bye said.