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Gavin Goudie finds his way back to Challenge Cup play

Steers Insurance Corner Brook United fullback Gavin Goudie is seen getting ready for a throw-in during 2017 Challenge Cup opening weekend action against Feildians.
Steers Insurance Corner Brook United fullback Gavin Goudie is seen getting ready for a throw-in during 2017 Challenge Cup opening weekend action against Feildians.

CORNER BROOK Gavin Goudie had a short stint in the Challenge Cup soccer circuit before heading out west for work purposes, but now he’s found himself back in the game and he’s excited about what lies ahead this summer.

The 27-year-old Springdale native embraced soccer at the age of four and played the game up through the local ranks before joining Corner Brook United for the 2009 Challenge Cup season.

He only got to kick around the ball for one season before heading to Alberta for work. He spent two years in Alberta before deciding to return to Springdale and do the fly-in-, fly-out gig for the next four years.

Goudie is back on the Rock now and working as an instrumentation technician with Kentz so he’s expecting to see his fair share of action this season as the western side tries to move up the standings in the provincial league.

“My life was all over the place,” Goudie said of the long layoff from competitive soccer. “Because I was gone so much I couldn’t really commit to playing.”

Goudie suited up with Steers Insurance Corner Brook United for opening weekend against Feildians this past weekend at Wellington Street Complex with the visiting side registering a sweep — a 4-1 win in the opener Saturday and a 1-0 shutout win on Sunday.

Goudie admits he was a little rusty in the season opener on the fullback line, but felt he started to find his groove on Sunday and felt more comfortable as the game progressed.

“It’s just a matter of time getting a few more games under my belt and I’ll be able to hopefully make a difference in the team,” he said.

He’s excited to be joining forces with a group of players who have skill and youth in their corner. He feels like he’s a seasoned veteran at 27 years old when he sees the fresh faces around him, but he’s up to the challenge of being a contributing player and plans on bringing a strong work ethic to the field on a consistent basis.

“My conditioning is probably not quite as good, but they’re going to push me a little bit more to get in better shape I guess I can say,” he said.

Goudie will be expected to provide a strong presence on the back end as the team forges ahead.

He’s happy to be back doing something he missed dearly.

Steers Insurance Corner Brook United will be in action again May 27-28 weekend when they travel to the east coast for single games against Mount Pearl and CBS.

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