IN a rehab clinic with drug addicts and intercourse addicts, Simon Goodwin experienced strike rock base.
He was a twin AFL premiership participant. A several All-Australian. A triple club winner. And a gambling addict.
In 2007, Goodwin was caught by the AFL betting on a video game the past time although an esteemed Adelaide participant.
Goodwin was fined $40,000, 50 percent the quantity suspended, and purchased to undertake an 8-7 days rehabilitation plan.
Which is how he located himself in a area with, amid other folks, two intercourse addicts, two drug addicts and a searching addict.
Goodwin explained becoming caught gambling by the AFL as the most uncomfortable instant of his lifestyle.
But it also saved him. “If I hadn’t strike rock base, who would have acknowledged the place it could have taken me,” Goodwin claimed in 2008.
“I truly feel privileged that it happened when it did … I have claimed to my spouse and a number of other men and women, the fantastic of $20,000 was in all probability the finest 20 grand I’ll at any time shell out in my lifestyle.”
Goodwin instructed of his “emotional torture” when addicted to gambling. “I was all set after I strike rock base with what occurred in the AFL to go into rehab,” he claimed.
Until finally then, Goodwin, on the floor, was residing a charmed lifestyle.
As a fantastic younger sportsman, Goodwin co-captained South Australia’s beneath-19 cricket staff.
But he opted for soccer and was picked by the Crows in the 1996 pre-time draft.
In just his 10th AFL video game, as a 20-yr-aged in 1997, he performed in a premiership. He received yet another flag the subsequent yr.
Goodwin claimed the very first of 5 All Australian jumpers in 2000, the identical yr he received the very first of 3 club winner awards.
But scratch the floor, he was battling demons.
His grandfather was an alcoholic right up until beating the bottle later on in lifestyle. And Goodwin’s dad and mom divided when he was 4-several years-aged.
“Obviously as a kid, I was scarred and traumatised to some diploma by the separation, which set me in a large-threat group,” Goodwin claimed in 2008.
In December 2005, Goodwin apologised for threatening a newspaper photographer. He was amid Crows gamers consuming at an internal-town resort in Adelaide, on the identical avenue as The Advertiser newspaper places of work.
The newspaper despatched a photographer to snap images from the avenue exterior the pub. Goodwin observed him and confronted him.
“If you operate any pics, I will f***ing get rid of you,” Goodwin claimed, in accordance to the photographer.
Goodwin preserved he did not threaten to get rid of but apologised for threatening hurt.
“I reacted in a way which is unbecoming … it was a reaction that is unnatural to me,” he claimed at a media convention a working day following the incident. Most men and women agreed.
But darker instances loomed.
In 2006, Goodwin’s Crows had been crushed in a preliminary closing by West Coastline — following which, he was comprehended to have positioned a guess on the Eagles to acquire the grand closing.
Number of realized it was the act of a gambling addict.
“I don’t forget quite a few instances waking up and sitting down on the stop of the mattress stating ‘why am I carrying out this?’” he claimed in 2008. “And 10 hrs later on acquiring yet another crack at it.”
These responses arrived following becoming appointed Adelaide captain, a part he loaded for 3 seasons right up until retiring at the stop of the 2010 time.
Inside a thirty day period, Goodwin was named an assistant mentor at Essendon. He would shell out 4 seasons with the Bombers, a interval like the club’s 2012 dietary supplements scandal which resulted in 34 gamers becoming banned for a yr.
Goodwin was amid 5 Essendon staffers who reportedly admitted to the AFL and Australian Sports activities Anti Doping Authority investigators they experienced been given injections and oral dietary supplements by the program’s designer, Stephen Dank. Goodwin was by no means billed or penalised.
In August 2013, he took above as Essendon’s caretaker head mentor for a single video game following the 12-thirty day period suspension of James Hird.
At the stop of the 2014 time, following serving as a senior assistant mentor to Mark Thompson, Goodwin still left Essendon to be part of Melbourne as mentor Paul Roos’ proper-hand gentleman.
Roos hatched a succession system with Goodwin, who in 2016 was named as Melbourne’s head mentor, having result the 2017 time.
This Saturday, he potential customers the Demons into yet another preliminary closing in opposition to the Eagles. He’ll be backing a unique staff this time all around.