The Iron’s latest recruit Charlie Goode is excited to get back into league football and is looking forward to the challenge.The centre-half joins United on a free transfer from non-league Hendon on a two-year deal with a further 12 months option in the club’s favour, becoming Scunthorpe’s fifth signing of the summer.
“I’m very excited (about my move to Scunthorpe),” he told The Iron Player.
“Coming from non-league is a big jump, but I’m delighted to have joined and it’ll be a good experience and hopefully this move will take me a long way.
“I was at AFC Hayes two years ago and joined Hendon, with a couple of other offers at the time. I chose Hendon and Gary McCann gave me good football down there. I’ve near enough played every game since I went there and we just missed out on promotion in the play-off final last season.
“It’s brought me here now, so it’s been a really good season for me."
A transition from full-back to a central defender role – following a growth spurt – has seen Charlie re-emerge as an up-and-coming player following a departure from Fulham at youth level.
“At a young age, I was with Fulham and with the squad I travelled out on tours to Italy and Spain,” he continued.
“At the time, I was very small so played at right-back and that’s sort of why I didn’t get my chance. I’m now nearly 6 foot 5 inches and a centre-half, so it’s helped me out massively.
“I’ve always had a bit of pace, so it’s just been a case that my height has helped me along the way and now I’m following in the footsteps of my dad who was a centre-half as a semi-professional.
“He’s worked at clubs like Fulham, so he’s been a great help to get me to where I am now.”
The Iron’s fifth newcomer donned an England shirt as recently as just a week ago, featuring for the Three Lion’s ‘C’ team – an experience he enjoyed.
“I got 25 minutes last Monday,” he stated.
“We beat Ireland 2-1 and I would have loved to have got more minutes, but it was a great experience. It was my first call-up and it wasn’t something I could have expected at the start of the season. To finish the season in that way is an honour and a great achievement for me.
“The league is going to be a massive step up for me. I’ve got to work hard and try and earn my place here. I’ve got to work hard, but I know that already.
“I just want to make as many appearances as I can. I’m not expecting to walk in(to the team), but I’m going to work hard and do the best that I can to do that.”
He added: “My pre-season starts now. I’m going to make sure that I’m fit enough for the first day of pre-season.”
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