Should Bryson Goodwin be selected to play in Souths’ Round 19 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he will continue a tradition of Goodwin’s playing on the hallowed turf.
Throw in the fact that he will play against the club that his father – ‘Lord’ Ted Goodwin – is a Premiership-winning legend of, and the Goodwin connection at the ground will certainly be strong.
‘Lord’ Ted played in a total of three Grand Finals for the St George club during the mid to late 70s, including the rare Grand Final replay of 1977 following the drawn Grand Final against Parramatta – returning later to defeat the Eels by 22-0.
“There’s a few stories,” smiles Goodwin when asked about his father’s connection to the ground.
“I’ve seen a few videos of him knocking himself out – I think that footage gets around a bit.”
The footage Goodwin referred to came on the back of one of the most memorable Grand Final tries of all time – a chip and regather from Goodwin Senior seeing the dynamic player cross for a brilliant try only to be knocked out when he face-planted following the try.
But it’s stories like those that will make the occasion special for Bryson as he steps out onto the same field that played host to those exploits – in addition to many of South Sydney’s own finest moments.
“It’s kind of special I think,” said Goodwin.
“I’ll just take it all in, enjoy the moment and try and get the win.
“I’ve played there a couple of times actually. It’s a really historic ground so I really like playing there – know everyone else likes playing there as well.
“My dad’s played there a few times – it’s a special place I think for Rugby League so it’s going to be enjoyable.”