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Tom Goodwin was brought in by Bernie McNally in the summer after a highly successful spell last season with Llanidloes Town.
Goodwin helped Llanidloes win the Spar Mid Wales last season, but has said he didn’t believe he would hit the ground running at Latham Park like he has.
“I defiantly couldn’t have imagined a better start. It’s a very different standard to last year. My aim in pre-season was to get into the starting 11 and prove to myself that I could play at this level,” said Goodwin.
Despite winning the league with his former side, who have now moved in the Cymru Alliance, Goodwin insists that chance to come to Newtown was too good to turn down.
“I wasn’t going to turn down the chance to play in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League, but after such a successful season it was difficult leaving Llani,” said the midfielder.
Goodwin had a previous spell with the Robins, before his time at Llanidloes, and he believes this time he had more to show to the supporters.
He said, “I was a lot younger last time, and didn’t really expect to play for the first team, but this time coming back it has been a lot different.”
Since his arrival the midfielder has netted four times and has now struck up a partnership with Matt Cook in the centre of midfield.
And Goodwin has spoken about how influential Cook has been on him. “Apart from the earache for 90 minutes he’s alright I suppose,” joked Goodwin.
“But no Cookie has helped me since he has come back in. His experience is very important to the team and I am enjoying playing alongside him,” added the midfielder.
Goodwin also went on to speak about Chris Hughes the new manager who led Newtown to a 4-0 victory at Connah's Quay on Friday night in his first game at the helm “It’s so far so good with the new manager. He seems like a nice guy and I think he is the right man to get us to where we want to be.”
And the midfielder believes that place is now the top six after the run his side have been on. “As a team we have to be looking at a top six spot. With the run we are on I think we’ve proved to a lot of people we are very capable of that.”
He added, “On a personal note I’d like to hold down my place in the starting 11 and improve as a player.”
Goodwin and his team mates take on Aberystwyth this weekend, and will be looking to extend their three match winning run.
And the midfielder has spoken about how he feels on their day, the side can beat anyone.
“There is a real buzz in the changing room and at training at the moment. There is a great team spirit and everyone is willing to go the extra mile for the team,” said Goodwin.
Finally the midfielder said despite the recent good form it is important for the players to keep their feet on the ground.
“It’s also important to not get carried away and now remain focused on the next game.”
Gwnaeth Tom Goodwin y cyfweliad hwn ar gyfer gwefan clwb Y Drenewydd.