20/04/2024

Craig Goodwin leading Adelaide United in his first full home game as Captain (Image: Adelaide United)

Just over a month out from the A-League Men season, another exit is set to rock The City of Churches.

The Inner Sanctum understands Adelaide United captain Craig Goodwin is set to leave the club for Saudi Arabia.

The unnamed Saudi Arabia club is set to pay an $800,000 USD transfer fee for Goodwin, and wages of approximately $2.5 million per year.

Sources have also indicated that Goodwin was not keen on leaving United, but a recent request for a three-year extension on his current deal, which still has two years to run, was reportedly rejected by the club.

This will not be the first time the left-winger has moved to Saudi Arabia, having previously played for Al-Wehda FC and Abha Football Club.

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Goodwin’s move would create a ton of difficulties for Adelaide, in not only having to replace their captain and star player on the eve of the season, but further adds to the list of departures which have the club’s fans frustrated.

With a near full strength line-up, Adelaide’s most recent competitive match saw them lose 5-1 to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australia Cup, getting overrun in midfield, and struggling for most of the match.

The Inner Sanctum has contacted Adelaide United for comment.

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