Players always scour for the opportunities no matter how experienced they are and go where they feel it is right for their career at the present point.
For current South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back Bryson Goodwin, that new opportunity and challenges lie with the Leigh Centurions in the Super League after he signed a 2-year deal with the club.
With 164 games to his name in the NRL to date across three clubs – the Cronulla Sharks, the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Rabbitohs – the emergence of younger players and coach Michael Maguire’s insistence to play them perhaps forced Goodwin’s hand.
With that in mind, though, Goodwin said that the decision was the best one for his family, always an important factor.
“I had a choice to stay if I wanted to but it’s just a decision that myself and the family have to make,” said the veteran utility back.
“I just sort of thought about it and I look forward to doing it – it’s something different and a new experience.
“It’s very tough, I made a lot of friends here with all the staff and players. It’ll be a very sad day but in saying that, it’s a new adventure for me and my family that we’ll be looking forward to doing.”
In the market for an experienced and versatile back-line player, Leigh coach Neil Jukes believes that Goodwin is just the perfect fit for the flourishing club.
“I have followed Bryson’s career over past years and he has been one of the most consistent performers for his team.,” said Jukes.
“He has shown that again this year and as he can play fullback, centre or wing he also has great versatility.
“Those are areas where we need to add quality and Bryson reinforced his reputation when he had a very strong game against Brisbane Broncos and their form centre James Roberts in particular.
Jukes continued to place emphasis on Goodwin’s experience and just how invaluable that will be to the side.
“Bryson brings a wealth of experience, hardness and consistency and I look forward to welcoming him and his family to Leigh Centurions,” Jukes continued.
“When I spoke to Bryson over the phone, I could immediately tell that he has the appetite to achieve things over here and he is a good fit for us, just as we are for him.”
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont also weighed in, praising both Goodwin and the club for getting the signing done.
“Bryson is a proven quality NRL player and comes with a wealth of experience of top quality games,” said Beaumont.He is a player that has played every round this term and who was offered a contract out there, so this is a quality signing for the Club and gives us some quality out wide.
“He is a player that has played every round this term and who was offered a contract out there, so this is a quality signing for the Club and gives us some quality out wide.
As for Goodwin himself, the transition to Leigh is one he is looking forward to and will be made easier with friend Mitch Brown already at the club.
“I am really looking forward to joining Leigh Centurions and competing in the Super League Competition next season,” said Goodwin.
“The club is on the way up and I look forward to being part of their journey.
“I have a close friend already playing with the club, Mitch Brown, and he only has positive things to say about the Club.”