Melbourne Demons coach Simon Goodwin living the dream despite painful memories But to glimpse a picture of Goodwin the coach the future senior mentor whose passion and ambition won over an initially sceptical Paul Roos, along with Peter Jackson and an also dubious Demons board is to ask him about when he learned to love the game.
Goodwin's recollections are as hypnotic as they are instructive. The relationship began when he was five, a local footy novice following his big brother Tim to the under nines. For two years it never occurred to him to move from his designated plate so his impact was minimal. Lack of height was an obstacle through adolescence and his fortunes only really changed when he grew 25 centimetres between the ages of 17 and 18. His father Terry had played his last game for South Adelaide the year Goodwin was born on Boxing Day, 1976 but the young Goodwin joined his great childhood friend and now Adelaide list boss Justin Reid in the cheer squad anyway. Speaking now of those years right up to being overlooked in the 1996 national draft it is clear the painful memory of the struggles have never left him but norhas the enduring love or the enjoyment. "A lot of people leave this game bitter and twisted by it," said Goodwin, "and with a very single minded view that 'I was right, they were wrong'. I love the game. I've always loved it and now I love teaching it and I'd hate to get that way about the game. I want to be a part of it for a very long time. "Now that it's about to start, I'm just so excited for the players. They came to footy like me with dreams of playing AFL as young kids and I have the responsibility to have their dream be a positive experience. "I want their time to be enjoyable. When we work we work, but with the seriousness there has to be humour." Mark Ricciuto, Goodwin's great friend from the beginning at the Crows, along with Kane Johnson, identified Goodwin as a future captain and therefore enrolled him into his expanding hotel business in which Goodwin remains involved through the Port Lincoln Hotel. Ricciuto said no other Adelaide player then or since prepared better or paid more attention to detail than Goodwin. "His life balance will be his other strength," said Ricciuto. "He likes a beer and a good time with his matestoo, and he'll get that balance right. What some coaches have done is make footy into too much of a louis vuitton speedy 25 amazon job. Goodywon't let that happen. "He's a massive admirer of Neil Craig and under Craigywe trained as hard as anyone. You could say we trained too hard. But what Goody will have is a better balance there. "He didn't agree," recalled Goodwin. "We'll probably talk about all when we're both 60." Melbourne, of course, had their doubts about the Goodwin succession plan. The board harboured grave doubts due to his role as an assistant coach at Essendon during the drugs scandal and even Roos who had interviewed and favoured Stewart Dew along with Brendon Lade and Adam Simpson the previous year largely agreed to meet Goodwin out of respect to his colleague Todd Viney. "Everyone at the club was caught up in a bit of uncertainty at the time," recalled Roos. "I walked in thinking this was maybe out of courtesy and walked out thinking we've got our next senior coach. "I knew he was a good fella, but I was just so impressed with his disciplined approach and his views on our future and he'd clearly learned from (Essendon). It was such a negative experience for him, but as strange as this sounds, it had a positive result on his outlook to footy." Goodwin, who other football staff at Essendon describe as too single minded early on, admitted he had been fortunate that louis vuitton alma damier ebene review Roos had wanted the succession plan to work as much as anyone at Melbourne. "I know at times I would have trodden on his toes," said Goodwin of his former boss, "but he let me make my own mistakes. "I'm sure I was bloody frustrating at times but he handed over training really early and deferred to me in so many ways list management, trade decisions and we spoke at length about strategy and our different views. He'd always challenge me but he showed a lot of patience." Roos explained it this way:"There were a few meetings where I'd just say: 'Mate I believe in what you're doing just go your hardest.'And he knew that. "With John [Longmire], we'd worked together for eight and a half years, so if we had different opinions it didn't really matter. Here we were still getting to know each other and we owed it to the players to have a smooth transition." No one, Goodwin included, will actually specify publicly what it exactly was he learned from his four years at Essendon, although senior Melbourne people recall his frank assessment of that dark time during the interview process and how it shaped him as a senior coach. It is understood Goodwin whose younger brother Chris also worked at the Bombers in the hospitality area did tell the Demons that the experience taught him the importance of speaking up at crucial times and also that the senior coach's role was vital in shaping a football club. Now he describes the period as an exceedingly tough one for him personally and his family. Goodwin and his wife Maggie were going through a difficult period and she had returned to Adelaide with the couple's three children. Goodwin was living in Prahran with Essendon executive now CEO Xavier Campbell, who had also been through a relationship break up. It is almost four years exactly since Goodwin was interviewed by louis vuitton shoes las vegas ASADA and to put it mildly was grilled by the AFL investigator and former senior policeman Abraham Haddad. Dank said Goodwin was one treated with the WADA banned hexarelin not banned for coaches. Goodwin, who louis vuitton shoes high tops coached Essendon in theirfinal game in 2013 against Richmond after Hird was banned, later enlisted the legal assistance of Holding Redlich through his management team overseen by Craig Kelly. In 2014, Melbourne bosses spoke with the AFL's Gillon McLachlan regarding their proposed new coach Goodwin and they were assured there were no lingering issues. While Goodwin was exposed by Dank in a leaked telephone message regarding supplement use, Campbell was further embarrassed in a back page newspaper article and later allegedly blackmailed by the father of a disgruntled former staffer, who said he would expose the poor behavioural standards of senior people at the club during those years. "I learned a whole range of different things," said Goodwin, who added he remainedfriends with Campbell. "That is for me. What I learned is what I learned. We [Campbell and Goodwin] both went through difficult personal times. I had family issues and we've both moved on from that." Admitting he was worried he would be tarnished by his role at Essendon, Goodwin said he remained sympathetic for the staff and players each time a new story about the scandal appeared.
"It frustrates you and you feel for the people involved because they deserve to move on. "Of course I worried, but I grew from that and will do better. You need to use every experience, good or bad, and it's how you grow from that.
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