Curtis Good has his sights set on a consistent return to the football pitch after enduring something of a four-year injury hell.
The centre-back is back at Melbourne City after six years abroad with Newcastle United, where he never managed to crack into the first team.
The now 25-year-old has struggled to stay fit since leaving Melbourne Heart for the Toon way back in 2012, marked by a cruelly-timed hip injury in 2014.
That problem – sustained in the Socceroos’ pre-World Cup friendly against Ecuador – prevented Good from breaking into Ange Postecoglou’s World Cup squad.
It was a cruel twist of fate that played a major role in preventing Good’s career in England from truly launching.
All up, Good managed 42 Premier League 2 appearances for Newcastle, averaging seven per season.
Good told a media conference that his time in England was a bittersweet experience, but he was nevertheless better for the experience.
“(I took away) a lot of positives and negatives,” he said.
“It is a different game over there in the sense of how cut-throat it is, but you learn a lot. I had a lot of good coaches.
“(There was) a lot of experienced gained from those negative times.
“It definitely improves you as a player and as a person as well.”
Even now with City, Good is technically in new colours. He departed the club when it still carried its old moniker of Melbourne Heart before the City Football Group takeover at the start of 2014.
Home was still the same for Good, though clearly that has been wholesale personnel changes since he was last there.
Notably, Warren Joyce has taken over from John van’t Schip, and it is he Good must impress to break into the first team.
Good has been busy building up a fitness base on the training ground since returning to Australia with Bart Schenkeveld as well as Harrison Delbridge and Iacopo La Rocca currently ahead in the pecking order.
Good anticipated he would not be ready for City’s next match against Wellington Phoenix, but is a chance to be fit for their trip to Brisbane Roar the following week.
“Not this Friday but hopefully the game after, Brisbane away,” He added.
“I’m back in full training with the team, I have been for the last couple of weeks.
“Now it’s about proving my fitness and putting my name forward.
“We put a plan together, we sat down a few weeks ago and we looked at the best possible scenario where I can get the best out of myself and do the most for the team by staying fit and doing well.”