As the South Sydney Rabbitohs look to rebuild their roster with an injection of younger talent, players have to move on and one that has done so is veteran utility back Bryson Goodwin.
Goodwin, a staple of the Souths side over the last few years – including their premiership success in 2014 – will join English side Warrington on a 2-year deal.
Having initially agreed to a deal with the Leigh Centurions, Warrington and Leigh came to an agreement that would see Goodwin join the Wolves instead.
The Kiwi international has a litany of experience to his name and after losing Peta Hiku, the club knew they had to find someone like Goodwin as his replacement.
“We spoke to Bryson earlier in the year and have been aware of his abilities for some time, when we lost Peta we approached Leigh with an offer and fortunately they accepted,” said club Chief Executive Karl Fitzpatrick.
“Bryson has got outstanding leadership qualities both off and on the pitch and will be a real asset to the team and culture we want to create.
His reputation in the NRL is first class and with his international experience he’ll add real value to the club.”
With a new adventure in tow, Goodwin admits that he spoke to several players including Souths team-mate Sam Burgess about Warrington and the Super League.
“I’ve only heard really good things about Warrington from past players who have played at the club,” said Goodwin.I also spoke to Sam Burgess and he only had good words to say too. Everyone knows it’s a big club and I’m looking forward to joining.
“I also spoke to Sam Burgess and he only had good words to say too. Everyone knows it’s a big club and I’m looking forward to joining.”
Goodwin is looking forward to his opportunity to play in the Super League having watched some of the action from the competition in recent times.
“I really like the Super League; I’ve been watching a lot of it recently since I signed over there and from what I’ve seen it’s a really good competition and is getting better and better every year,” he continued.
“The quality is high and am looking forward to playing in it.
“I’ve played a fair bit now so I will look to bring that experience and hopefully add something in both defence and attack, and play some good football.”
With several changes going on at the Wolves this off-season, Goodwin is excited to join the club and meet his team-mates and the staff.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the players and staff at Warrington and getting to know the members and fans of the club too and then ripping into training,” said Goodwin.
With a new coach to come on board as well, it’s a fresh start for Warrington which is good.”