Trent's 200th

By Peter Argent

Lured across to Central District by long term Doggies CEO Kris Grant, Trent Goodrem has developed into a institution at the Ponderosa for over a decade.

183 cm, 90 kg versatile servant Goodrem, this Saturday plays his 200th SANFL League game in the Bulldogs clash with West Adelaide on home soil.

Having turned 31 at the end of January this year Goodrem is still playing with the same heart and intensity as he did when he debuted back in 2007.

He arrived at Central District from the East Coast Eagles in Sydney after having played in the underage national 16s and 18s competition with the New South Wales - ACT Rams

In his early years he was part of the continued success of Central District which consumed that decade, playing in three consecutive flags from 2008 to 2010 and the heartbreaking 2011 Grand Final loss to Woodville West Torrens.

The highlight certainly was winning the Jack Oatey Medal 2009, in the Bulldogs handsome victory over Sturt at Football Park.

“It's certainly something I didn't set out to achieve when I first arrived at the club in ‘07 but there's definitely a sense of pride to get to this milestone,” Goodrem explained.
“My first league game was against the Eagles on Anzac Day at Thebarton Oval back in 2007 and we had a pretty big win.
“I remember vividly for the first couple of years being one of the young kids in the side and now I’m one of the old fellas.
“I'm very fortunate to have had strong mentors like Roy and Kris.
“Roy’s coached me throughout and has trusted in my ability and “Granty” who is being a father figure to a lot of players around the club.
“Another strong mentor is former captain Paul Thomas, who took me under his wing.
“I see my versatility as one of the strengths of my game; and a reason that I get a game in the team.
“I reckon I would have played every position on the ground and even have rucked a couple of times, all though not that well.
 “It’s a great honour to be the captain of the Central District Football Club and I'm very passionate about the responsibility of leading the group over the journey.”

Goodrem confirmed the heap of characters through the club with him being important to the success including current team mate Kyle Jenner (who he reminds is older than Trent), Yves Sibenaler, the twins (James and Chris Gowans), ‘Slady’ (Matthew Slade), ‘Buckets’ (Jason MacKenzie) and Scotty Dutschke, among them.

Goodrem first saw the Ponderosa when he trained at the venue with the New South Wales-ACT Rams at Under 16s level, and certainly didn’t know back them the club and the ground would have a big impact on his sporting career.  

Along with Kris Grant, Peter Jonas and Danny Stevens were people who promoted Goodrem as a likely recruit to Central District.

Seven-time Central District Roy Laird called his current captain a team first footballer with great determination and really strong moral fibre.“There's no doubt that Trent’s had his ups and downs along the way but he was a determined young kid in the early years,” Laird continued.
“His versatility has maybe hurt his football at some stages because we've been able to throw him down back or use him as a undersized key forward at different times, but he has always done what has been best for the team.
“Trent still has got a lot of good football left in him and over the last couple of years has developed into a strong leader and a good example to the rest of the playing group.”

Trent works for Adidas, is married to Carly and they have a 20-month-old son, Nate.


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