Goode Bye Andy
March 2 2015
Recently we learned that Andy Goode, the Premiership's second highest point scorer and highest point scorer in a single game, will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join London Irish.
When Andy first moved to Wasps from Worcester Warriors in September 2013 I admit I was quite sceptical and thought the club should be looking at someone younger, rather then someone approaching the end of their career. However as a club, Wasps have the ability to rejuvenate older players (such as Raphael Ibanez and Serge Betsen) and Goode has been no exception.
Quite quickly he provided the team with much needed experience and stability at fly-half, but most importantly Wasps finally had a proven goal kicker and that's something the team had been sorely missing since Dave Walder moved to Japan. Maybe we should all forget that 'near miss' against Quins and focus on the brilliant match winning drop goal against Chiefs!
However, I believe Goode has managed to become a modern Wasps legend since the start of the 2014/15 season and has somehow rolled back the years. Since the move to Coventry he has become one of the best fly-halves in the Premiership at the age of 34.
It's hard to ignore but to some fans (including myself) the comments made by Goode about the team's move to Coventry, via Twitter, perhaps weren't the smartest thing to do. It was a time where we were finally hearing confirmaton that the Ricoh Arena would be our new permanent home and certainly a time of anger and mourning for fans. Since the move Goode has turned a corner and not only been a reliable goal kicker, but someone who can attack and cause real problems for the opposition.
The first game at the Ricoh against London Irish Goode played like a man possessed and became the highest points scorer in a single Premiership game with an amazing 33 points including: 1 try, 8 penalties and 2 conversions. And since then he certainly hasn't been playing like a man who's ready to retire any time soon.
While I'm actually gutted that Goode is leaving Wasps I actually say 'good for him' that he wants to continue playing top class rugby, rather then settle for a coaching role.
All there is left to say is good luck Andy and thank you for everything and here's to hopefully more Corona times!pqs: qs:
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Here's hoping he sticks with us into coaching too!!
Looking forward to Goode putting in the same great performance next year at the Ricoh, this time in an Irish shirt!