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For South Sydney centre Bryson Goodwin, the Rabbitohs trip to Perth to play the New Zealand Warriors this week, represents much more than just a weekend away and a chance to play football, but rather a long overdue homecoming, with the Rabbitohs speedster set to return to his childhood home for the first time since his mid-teens.

Its my home-town, where I grew up, where I did all my school, says a proud Goodwin.

I moved over there when I was about three or four and lived there until I was about 16 and a half. Thats when I moved to Sydney. But yeah, I really love the place.

I havent actually been back since I moved to Sydney. Its been a while, and Ive heard its changed a fair bit since I left. Its obviously grown a lot as a city since Ive been there.

The Rabbitohs recruit moved to Perth with his family after his father (former St George, Newtown and Wests great) Lord Ted Goodwin accepted a role with the Western Australian Rugby League before becoming involved with the now defunct Western Reds club, where Bryson was also the teams ball-boy.

But despite being far removed from the scene of their fathers Rugby League success, the game was always going to be a part of the Goodwin family in Perth, with three of four of the Goodwin brothers following in their fathers footsteps and playing first-grade in the form of Luke (who represented the Reds), Bronx and Bryson.

We always had videos and stuff of dad playing when we were kids, says Bryson

But the Reds were basically the first time that we had real football, or live football played in Perth and it was an important experience for us.

We just got a feel for it and got to be a part of the atmosphere when it was live, and thats why I still love watching live games now.

But aside from the football, Goodwin, who is still in his first season with the Rabbitohs and experiencing a patch of stellar form, is looking forward to connecting with his roots and fond childhood memories out west.

Every kid feels the same about their home.

I like the laid back lifestyle. I dont think its as rushed as Sydney is, but the main thing is I loved growing up over there.

Its a great place, some nice beaches and Im just looking forward to being there and seeing what its like now while playing some footy.

With the Rabbitohs preparing to take on the red-hot New Zealand Warriors at NIB Stadium in what is shaping up as a classic encounter Goodwin has urged Members and supporters to get out and experience some top-flight Rugby League.

Theres obviously lots of things to do and see in Perth, but Members can expect to see a good game of footy and I think theres going to be a good turn-out.

The Warriors are obviously in good form, so were going to have to be on top of our game to beat them.

Well try and train hard and go ahead and do the job.

The Rabbitohs will play the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday 7th July at NIB Stadium in Perth. Kick off is at 4:30pm WST (6:30pm EST) with tickets available from Ticketmaster by clicking here, or by calling 136 100.
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