Andy Goode announces plans to retire when Newcastle contract expires next week


Andy Goode has announced he will retire for a second time when his short-term contract at Newcastle expires next week.

The former England fly-half quit playing last September after injury problems saw him released from his contract with London Irish before making an appearance for the club.

However he was tempted back during the winter by Newcastle Falcons and has been an influential figure for Dean Richards' side when called on during the three-month stay he agreed in late December.

Goode, 35, could face his former club Wasps on Easter Sunday, but he and the Falcons have announced that will mark the end of his stay at Kingston Park.

Goode said in a statement released through his Twitter account: "Sadly, after next weekend it'll be time to hang up my boots again!

"When I retired in the summer I thought that was it. Then Newcastle came along, my body felt it had recovered enough and the opportunity was too good to turn down. I love this sport and will always want to play, no matter how battered, bruised or old my body feels.

"I've loved my 3 months at Newcastle Falcons and I can't thank the owner, Semore Kudri, Dean Richards and all the other coaches, staff, physios and players enough for allowing me to pull on Falcons jersey with a great bunch of lads who I can now call mates."

Goode said he hoped to stay involved in the game through work in the media, having gained experience in television and radio.

He added on Newcastle's website: " There is still one last game before my commitment to the club ends, and that is a huge home tie next Sunday against Wasps. I would love to be able to sign off by playing a part in one last victory during my time with the Falcons, and naturally wish them all the best for what remains of the season."

Newcastle have fielded Goode in six games so far, four as a starter.

Director of rugby Richards praised Goode's impact on the club, saying: "Andy answered our call when we had lost Mike Delany to a long-term knee injury, and he has done a fantastic job for us during his four starts and two bench appearances.

"The experience and control that he was able to add to our play was valuable in helping secure victories over Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and Harlequins, and our young players have been able to learn from everything Andy brings to the game.

"He will be fondly remembered by us and our supporters for the contribution he has made during his three months with us, but with Mike and Tom Catterick both back fit now it is the right time to thank Andy for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future."


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