Gooda has a point to prove on Harrogate return

Bailey Gooda gets stuck into Brid's Jake Day
Bailey Gooda gets stuck into Brid's Jake Day

Bailey Gooda is a man with a point to prove tonight when he heads back to Harrogate Town tonight with new club Scarborough Athletic.

Gooda had a great experience while at the newly-promoted National League outfit, the only thing lacking was game time.

Now he is keen to show Town boss Simon Weaver what he is missing when Boro visit in this evening's friendly clash, 7.45pm.

"I had a great experience at Harrogate, the only thing I could fault was the fact that I didn't get enough game time and enough chance to prove myself," said Gooda.

"It was a chance to get back into full-time training for the first time since I left Barnsley, which I enjoyed and I can see Scarborough looking at in a few year's time with the way they are progressing.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Harrogate and showing what I can do because I know Simon (Weaver) and their staff will be watching.

"I want to be out there and get 90 minutes under my belt because I'm confident that I'll be fine against what we'll come up against."

Spending time on loan at Boro last season did give allow Gooda the chance to achieve something that not many footballers achieve in their careers - two promotions in the same campaign.

He added: "It was a great season for me, two promotions isn't bad is it?

"I'm feeling confident now though that there is more to come from Scarborough next season.

"We have signed some good players and there is the experience in the team to take us forward.

"There are players that have been in the Conference North and players like Leon Scott and Kevin Burgess who have won the league that we are going into, so they know the ins and outs of things.

"We have the competition for places at the club as well, there are two players for just about every position on the park.

"In defence and midfield we will be kept on our toes and it will be the same with the forwards because there are options up there as well.

"I can play in midfield, but since I joined Harrogate I have become a central defender and I want to make one of those places mine this season."