Good times ahead for Curtis

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has been impressed with the form of Melbourne City defender Curtis Good.

Melbourne City defender Curtis Good is closing in on a Socceroos recall, with his A-League form having caught the eye of national coach Graham Arnold.

With Arnold revealing to News Corp Australia on Wednesday that he will name a super-sized squad of 34 players for Australia’s four World Cup qualifying matches in 12-day period in June, Good has emerged as a genuine contender to add his one Socceroos cap from seven years ago.

The 27-year-old centre-back spent six seasons on the books of English club Newcastle United but only made a handful of Cup appearances for the Magpies.

He also had loan spells with Bradford City and Scottish club Dundee United but never truly found his feet the UK before returning to Australia in 2018 sign with City.

“He came back to Australia after a frustrating time in Europe, not playing much football, and he’s settled in very well the past couple of years,” Arnold said of Good.

“He’s great as a player. He shows good leadership.

“We are very short of left-footed central defenders. On the list of Socceroos, there’s probably only himself and Matty Jurman that are left-footed centre-backs.

“I’ve always liked to have a right-footer and a left-footer at the back, and Curtis has come into contention.

“He’s growing all time, he’s doing very well, and that’s great, as long as he keeps it up.”

Good will hope to maintain his consistent form on Saturday night when Melbourne Victory host City in a derby at Marvel Stadium.

After three successive losses, City have turned their form around with consecutive wins over champions Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

While City have moved up the ladder, Victory are last with only seven points from nine matches.

Saturday night’s match will be Victory’s second derby in row after losing a nine-goal thriller 5-4 to Western United at the same venue last weekend.

Victory coach Grant Brebner has tipped former English Premier League striker Rudy Gestede to provide Good and the rest of City’s defence with plenty of problems.

“He has a presence, Rudy,” Brebner said.

“He’s certainly not going to be a player we play route-one for, or only look at in the box.

“We understand his strengths and there’s a lot of players around him that should use him as a foil.

“We saw from the first goal last week (against Western United) that maybe the focus was on Rudy, which allowed Callum McManaman to get into the box and score a goal.”

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