Games Played 275
Career 1997 - 2010
Guernsey Number 36
Date of Birth 26/12/1976
Few AFL players have been fortunate enough to play in two premierships in their first 25 games, with Simon Goodwin’s double slice of good luck early was only achieved after some challenging times. Although Goodwin impressed for South Adelaide in 1995, he was not among the 20 South Australians called at that year’s national draft. It seemed his promising cricket career, he captained the State under-19 side, would become his priority. That changed when Adelaide selected him at the February pre-season draft.
Injuries and illness stopped Goodwin from playing regularly in his first year at West Lakes and then the following year he copped a severe thigh injury in his AFL debut. However, he won back his spot later in the season and claimed a premiership medal in his tenth AFL game. A year later he had a second premiership medal.
Goodwin’s break-out year was 2000 when he evolved from a half-back flanker into a hardnosed, elite midfielder. He won his first of three Malcolm Blight Medals and was selected as All Australian for the first time. Four more selections would follow, including the veteran’s 2009 season. Those late years saw Goodwin captain the Crows from 2008-2010, and fans were saddened when he announced his retirement. A lingering ankle injury meant he was unable to play out the season, however he shared a farewell lap of honour with Andrew McLeod, Brett Burton and Trent Hentschel at the end of 2010.
Predictably Goodwin slipped straight into the AFL coaching system. He was an assistant coach at Essendon for four years before Melbourne signed him as their senior coach in 2017. That same year he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame, while he became an AFL Life Member in 2018 when he recorded his 300th game as a player and coach. Goodwin’s legacy also lives on in the SA Football Hall of Fame and AFC Hall of Fame.