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    Jim Goodwin signs 

    Monday, June 13, 2016 2:43:05 PM

    Manager Jack Ross today boosted his squad with the signing of ex St. Mirren & Republic of Ireland player Jim Goodwin, who brings great experience and passion to the Alloa Athletic squad and is a major signing coup for the club in their quest to regain their place in the SPFL Championship by winning promotion next season at the first go.

    Jim Goodwin explained his move to the Indodrill Stadium, “I met with Jack last week and he was discussing the plans he has for Alloa and I will be honest it excited me. He is trying to get them promoted, it is as simple as that. We will be looking to challenge for the league and that along with the ideas the manager has as well as the positivity surrounding the place at the moment really drew me to the club. People may see this as a shock move because I certainly had a few full time offers and I could have stayed in the Championship, but I felt this was a great opportunity for me not only to come and work with Jack, but also because it then allows me to go and pursue some other things outside of football as well. It is simply a playing role for me here and I am hoping that the drop down to part time can prolong my career. Jack has his backroom staff already in place and he is happy with that, but to be fair it was never even part of the discussions anyway. I want to play for as long as I can and enjoy as much success as I can while I do that. I could have stayed in the championship, but maybe have been fighting relegation again so this move just seemed like the better fit and hopefully I can then make a career for myself outside of football as well which I am quite excited about. I have been impressed by the strength of the squad the new gaffer Jack Ross has assembled. I know Jack well having played with him at both St Mirren and Hamilton Accies so I know him very well and he is a top man. He is very honest and straight forward to deal with. He simplifies the game for players and he is a breath of fresh air when you talk to him about his ideas on the game. I think a lot of young managers these days try to reinvent the wheel, but I think Jack has his head screwed on.

    The impact he had last year at the club in spite of the situation he found them in, was amazing with his style of play and everything else so I am looking forward to working with him. I think given a pre-season to get his ideas across I am sure we will be well assured of our jobs come the first game so it should be an excited season ahead. The strength in the squad going into the new season was another huge draw for me. As I said, I could even stayed up a level and battled against relegation, but I really believe I can help out with the promotion push. We are not here to play games, we are looking to win the league. I believe the manager has recruited very well with the likes of Andy Graham, Jon Robertson and Greig Spence coming in, who I know well so there is no doubt we can challenge and I am focused on a new chapter of my career with Alloa and I am very excited about it. I have always had a decent relationship with the fans wherever I have been and prior to playing for each of them, they all hated me, but I am sure they will grow to like me. I am not going to change and I will be as competitive as ever. My commitment, passion and desire for the game is still there and hopefully I can be an asset to the team.”

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