Goodship ready for the next coaching challenge

When Jake Goodship was transferred from Brisbane Roar at the end of the 202-21 season, it sent shock waves around the A-League Women.

The Roar finished second this season, with the best offense in the league and one of the stingiest defenses. They only lost one game during the regular season and had one of the best environments in the league according to a number of players and club insiders.

A few players have continued to form part of Matildas’ calculations for next year’s World Cup, including Wini Heatley, Jamilla Rankin and Isabella Dalton.

In 2020-21, Brisbane scored 29 goals in 12 games and conceded just 12, including four in their only loss to Canberra when Goodship was out for the birth of her second child.

The Roar have struggled this season without Goodship, finishing sixth and well outside the top four.

However, Goodship has moved on and looks forward to the next challenge.

“I had a great time proudly reflecting on my time at Brisbane, I had a great few years with the club and particularly in the women’s space and felt we had a positive impact on the program from the limited resources we had,” said Goodship, who has been busy training with his academy, while completing his Pro license and spending time with his young family.

“I spent time at home with my family, and selfishly alone in terms of self-reflection and professional development,” Goodship explained.

“I undertook several components of the Pro License which provided the best opportunity to network and discuss all things football, leadership and management with some of the leading coaches in the country.

“The time out has also allowed me to focus on my business, The Football Company – which is a provider of training services for boys and girls – but also felt like time to recharge, recharge and enjoy what excites me – helping young footballers develop while playing the game they love.

With the women’s A-League season in its finals streak, it’s entirely possible that a coaching position will open up at multiple clubs in the offseason.

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Goodship admits his absence has put him in a better position to seize any opportunities that may come his way. He admits he has the drive to succeed at any club he might find himself in and welcomes the challenge of not just developing players, but developing a club as a whole.

“I think if any potential roles in the domestic league space fall on my head, I’m now in a better space to explore and discuss possible opportunities with like-minded clubs,” Goodship said.

“The competitive nature of the league and the opportunity to positively impact another program and lead a group of passionate people to achieve something big and succeed is what really drives me.

“That success comes in many forms, from winning games to promoting players to the radar on the national stage. I also think it’s important as a leader to help grow a club within the local community through fan and community engagement initiatives.

Goodship says he misses the matchday experience, whether it’s seeing how the week’s preparations can pan out or clashing with the best minds in football in the country.

“There’s nothing better than a game day. Adrenaline is something you can’t replicate. Personally, I like to keep growing and testing myself against some of the great coaches in the league, such as Rado (Vidosic) and Jeff (Hopkins), who have accomplished so much in the game,” he said.

One of his greatest strengths in Brisbane was his ability to create a positive culture that spawned success. Goodship was quick to pay tribute to those around her in Brisbane, insisting it was crucial to have the right people on board who were all on the same page.

He is keen to do it again, admitting he was excited about the prospect of developing a club.

“The group we had in Brisbane was special, not just the playing team but the support staff I had. The technical support from people nearby helped create an environment that everyone can enjoy and established cultural norms that everyone adhered to,” Goodship explained.

“If I went to a new club, I think I could use my learnings in Brisbane and other places I’ve coached, to add and develop the foundations established by previous coaches.

“It’s important to provide a process to keep building, planning and strategizing for continued and lasting success.

“All clubs have their own history and values ​​so it would be important to align and ensure we have similar ambitions and principles to drive the program forward.”

With the 2023 World Cup on the horizon and the Women’s A-League continuing to grow, Goodship insists this is an exciting time for Australian rules football. He insists the A-League Womens will continue to be relevant and will always be a platform for Australian footballers to take their game to the next level.

He admits he would like to be part of a club that is willing to invest in its players and women’s programme, insisting that the only way forward for women’s football is to improve women’s A- League, which will have an overall impact on Australian rules football. .

“The ALW has paid dividends to clubs who have been very proactive in planning for the future and developing young people and recruiting, and who have attracted the right players in terms of adapting to their style of play and integrate well into the established culture of the club.

“We just have to look at the work that Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have done in terms of setting the benchmark.

“The ALW is in a fantastic space to continue to provide top role models to young aspiring players at all levels, but also to build on its heritage and develop players for the future of Australia’s national teams. .

“It was great to see Wellington and other teams come into the ALW to provide competitive minutes for more players at the highest level.

“Obviously it would be great to have a full extended season and home and away games – we have to do it right because we need the league to grow and provide clubs with longevity and stability.

“I see the league continuing to provide a platform for players to develop and progress for national team selections or put themselves in a window for overseas club opportunities.”

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