Former Yeovil Town striker Brandon Goodship has been signed up by League One side Southend United. The 24 year old has penned a two year contract at Roots Hall, with an additional one year option on top of that deal, arriving on a free transfer from Southern League Premier South winners Weymouth. The former AFC Bournemouth player has hit the headlines over the last two seasons, having claimed the division's golden boot two years running, with 38 and 39 goals respectively. Add in his 34 assists and Goodship has been directly involved in 114 goals across those two seasons.
During the 2018-19 season, Goodship also picked up Weymouth's Player Of The Season Award, along with the National Game Awards Step 3/4 Player of the Season award. Despite playing two divisions below the main National League division, he was also called up into the England C Squad - the semi-professional version of the Three Lions side. Goodship has consistently stressed that he dropped down to Weymouth's level to play regular football, having felt he had been starved of that chance in previous career moves. He said upon signing for Southend that he felt that had been good for his confidence:
"The last two seasons have been really good for me and my confidence especially because going into every game I felt like I would score if I had the chance. Hopefully I have the same feeling playing for Southend. Most players in Non-League will tell you that they are there to try and work their way up the ladder. I'm lucky enough to have been handed that opportunity and hopefully I can take that and show there is a good pathway from Non-League to the Football League. I dropped down the leagues to play week in week out and I feel a much different player now. Iím ready now to go and prove myself at this level."
Goodship's time with Yeovil Town was not a particularly fruitful one. He spent the 2015-16 season on loan with the Glovers from AFC Bournemouth, where he scored one goal in ten appearances in a half-season loan. That goal was a crucial one against Dagenham and Redbridge, but his season ended with him largely stuck in the stands due to Football League limits on the number of loan players that can be used in a matchday squad. It was therefore a slight surprise when Darren Way made the decision to sign him up permanently during the second half of the 2016-17 season. That spell was even less fruitful, with him making just nine appearances, without scoring a goal, although in his defence, he was only given one starting place in the side before being released in the summer of 2017, resulting in his move to the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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