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Goodwin set to get out of Town

FORMER Ireland cap Jim Goodwin accepts that he no longer has a future with League One side Huddersfield Town.

Ex-Celtic man Goodwin, capped once at senior level by Mick McCarthy, has been at Huddersfield for two years and has another season left on his contract, but manager Lee Clark has told the Waterford-born midfielder that he's free to leave if he can find another club.

He's in good company as Goodwin, 28, is one of 13 former Ireland internationals facing a very uncertain future this summer.

Lee Carsley (Birmingham), Steve Finnan (Portsmouth), Jon Macken (Barnsley), Clinton Morrison (Coventry) and Gary Doherty (Norwich) are all free agents after being released by their clubs at the end of last season.

Stephen Elliott and Eddie Nolan (both Preston), Alex Bruce, Alan Quinn and Colin Healy (all Ipswich), Nick Colgan (Grimsby) and now Goodwin (Huddersfield) remain under contract with their clubs but have been placed on the transfer list, while David Connolly is out of contract with Southampton yet may get to stay on.

"I've had a couple of conversations about other League One clubs, but nothing more than that," said Goodwin, who realises that his future looks bleak at the club.

"I have to be realistic. Competition for places at Town was tough last season and the manager has already made some quality additions.

"Two of them are midfielders, and it's clear I'm not foremost in the manager's thinking. It's not the nicest situation to be in, but as a professional footballer you have to be resilient and be ready to get on with your job.

"I'll be fully focused on pre-season training here, and if last summer is anything to go by, the manager will put on some varied and enjoyable sessions.

"I want to get as fit as possible so that if a move does materialise, I'll be ready to play straight away.

"But I won't be rushing into anything. If I do leave, I want my new club to have the ambition I do, and any move must be right for me."


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