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Trent Goodrem to lead his team as Captain for the first game of the season

By Ella Watson

Trent Goodrem began his career at Centrals back in 2007 and has never looked back.

Goodrem was recruited by Centrals from the East Coast Eagles now known as the Sydney Hills Eagles.

In his last year at his Sydney club, Goodrem played in the sides grand final team losing by a heart breaking 2 points.

He also won the clubs Best and Fairest award before packing his bags and moving across the border to South Australia.

“Centrals has been my life now for nearly ten years, I moved over here for footy, I thought I’d come for a year or two and have been here ever since.”

This season Goodrem is taking on the role of standalone captain due to the departure of his former co-captain Paul Thomas.

“It was tough he has been a good friend and mentor since I started, I respect what he has done at the club and his decision to leave there is no issues what so ever, I will miss having him around, but it has given me an opportunity to step up and try to fill the void he has left.”

In his time at the club Goodrem has played in 4 grand finals winning 3 of them in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Goodrem was only 21 when he played in his first grand final for the club in 2008, his success can be attributed to his aggression when attacking the ball and his ability to effectively cover many positions on the field.    

In 2009 Centrals suffered a slow start, but fought back hard in the finals and were rewarded with a grand final win.

“2009 was a tough year we came back in the last couple of games to win.”

To top off a rewarding victory Goodrem was awarded the Jack Oatey medal for Best on Ground in the grand final.

“It was pretty unexpected it’s a proud achievement I can add to my name when I finish footy, a lot of great players have won the medal especially for the club it is something in my career I can look back on as a proud moment.”

Centrals last two grand finals in 2010 and 2011 were nail bitting occasions for players and spectators both ending with close margins.

2010 saw Goodrem reach a hat-trick winning three grand finals in a row, when the final siren sounded there was only a goal the difference.

“The 2010 grand final was crazy it was only a goal difference it was almost a relief at the end when we won that one.”

Unfortunately, Centrals run came to an end in the 2011 grand final, the club lost by a heart breaking 3 points to the Eagles.

“It was really tough the emotions of it all spill over and to be so close that year we were the best team and we should have won, but just on the day the Eagles were too good.”

“Afterwards you have to really look at what went wrong, where our downfalls were it was tough, but that’s football there is always a winner and a loser and you have to learn from it.”

Last season saw Centrals get off to a slow start only winning 2 of their first 6 games.

However, as the season progressed the players began to gel as a team and were able to fight their way back into finals contention.

“I think we were pretty lucky, we had some great younger players come through and we just as a group really started to gel and play some good football.”

“It was great to get into the finals and give the group that experience I think it will put us in good stead going forward.”

This season Goodrem is determined to reach the finals again by securing wins in the first half of the season.

“We need to get off to a better start so we’re not chasing all year, the more wins we can get in the first half of the season will put us in good stead for the finals.”

Being a utility and able to play multiple positions Goodrem is happy to play where ever he is needed, but is hoping to play more up forward this season to help guide the sides young forward line.

“I play everywhere wherever Roy needs me, but probably more forwards this year.”

“We have some great young forwards this year, so hopefully some leadership up forward will help the team.”

When asked if he thinks they have what it takes to win this season Goodrem was positive about his team’s prospects.

“We have a good list, good coach and good support staff, I think if we can win some games early and play the footy I know we can there is no reason why we can’t win this season.”  

“The group we have now has a bit more experience and we have topped up with some good new recruits too.”

It is highly likely Goodrem may miss one game this season, he and his wife Carly are expecting their first child in August, although he is hoping he won’t have to miss a game.

“Depends if Carly reads this or not, but I’ll probably just play, hopefully it doesn’t happen on the weekend, but I will definitely be there for the birth.”

 “I’m very excited it’s really crazy going to scans and see the little baby’s heart beat.”

Goodrem will lead his team out for the first game of the season this Good Friday at home Against North at 2.15pm.

 

2016 Captain Trent Goodrem in action in last years Elimination Final vs Norwood at Adelaide Oval
(photo courtesy of: Peter Argent)

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