Good start for Curtis with Newcastle United

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CURTIS Good kicked off his Newcastle United career with a victory last night.

The defender this week joined the club from Australian club Melbourne Heart.

Good made his debut in last night’s 4-1 reserve win over Gateshead at the International Stadium – the teenager’s first game since the end of Australia’s A-League season in March.

Despite his lack of match fitness and practice, Good looked comfortable at the back alongside James Tavernier.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be here,” Good said.

“It was a good feeling to get a 4-1 win in your first game. It was a relief because I haven’t played for a while. I hadn’t played since last season, and it was good to be out there again.”

Good had a successful trial at Newcastle late last season, and he flew to England last week to undergo a medical ahead of his signing.

And the Australia Under-20 international has told of his relief after finally becoming a Newcastle player.

“It has dragged on for a while, but it’s happened,” he said. “It was good to feel so welcome.

“I was here for two weeks (on trial), and I didn’t know how it had went. Then I was told they wanted me, and it was great feeling. I couldn’t wait to get over here.

“There were problems with visas and stuff like that, but we got there in the end.”

Mehdi Abeid and Romain Amalfitano netted first-half goals for Newcastle, but Micky Cummins pulled one back before the break for Gateshead, who took the game to the visitors in the second half.

However, strikes from Conor Newton and Marcus Maddison ended their comeback in front of a 1,274 crowd.

Newcastle United: Elliot; Richardson, Tavernier, Good (Riley, 78), Dummett; Inman, Bigirimana, Newton (Knight, 78), Amalfitano (Nicholson, 46); Abeid (Henderson, 84); Hooper (Maddison, 46). Subs not used: Alnwick, Logan, Miele.