Goodwin excited for Socceroos camp

Craig Goodwin says he is excited to take part in next week’s Australian-based Socceroos camp on the Central Coast.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets left-back Craig Goodwin has been selected to take part in next week-s Australian-based Socceroos camp on the Central Coast.

Goodwin was one of 12 Australian-based players selected by Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck to participate in a training camp starting on Monday, May 6 and finishing on Friday, May 10.

Goodwin recently returned to Australia following a four-week training stint with Reading FC and said he is looking forward to taking part in the Socceroos camp.

“It will be my first time in a senior national team camp, so I-m definitely going to relish the experience,” Goodwin said.

“I-m delighted to have the opportunity to showcase what I can do to Holger Osieck and the rest of the Socceroos coaching staff.

“Hopefully I can put my best foot forward and perform well throughout the week.”

The camp is part of the Qantas Socceroos preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Japan, Jordan and Iraq next month.

The training camp will be held in conjunction with a Qantas Young Socceroos training camp, who are currently preparing for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in Turkey from 21 June - 14 July 2013.

Osieck is eager to work with these players on the pitch next week.

“We currently have two groups of players, those that are still playing in their domestic leagues and those from Australia that are in their off-season,” said Osieck.

“The purpose of this training camp is to assess the physical standard of the players out of season and get them to a similar level compared to the other players.”

CLICK HERE to read about Goodwin-s experiences during his time spent training with English Premier League club Reading FC.

Australian-based Socceroos training camp squad:

Mitchell Duke (Central Coast Mariners) Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar) Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United) Craig Goodwin (Newcastle Jets) Jonathan McKain (Adelaide United) Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory) Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers) Lucas Neill (uncontracted) Jade North (Brisbane Roar) Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners) Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory) Dario Vidosic (Adelaide United)