DEVONPORT Services have added some experience to their squad with the signing of back Tom Goodman from Brixham.
Goodman has spent the last 10 seasons at Brixham, making 249 appearances for the Fisherman, but he is now looking forward to returning to the club where it all started for him.
The 33-year-old came through Services’ youth ranks alongside current head coach Mike Lewis and also played for them after finishing university before heading to higher league Brixham.
Goodman said: “Mike (Lewis) has really worked hard to bring a strong culture to Services. Where I have come from, Brixham, have a strong culture and that what’s attractive to me.
“And Services are a lot more attractive for players to come back to the city and play now that they are in South West One. It shows they have got ambition after years of floating around Western Counties West.”
Devon player Goodman, who is looking to play full-back or centre, hopes his experience can help many of Services’ younger players develop.
Lewis certainly believes it will help having someone who has been playing at a higher level for so many years in their young squad.
“I think we just need that bit more experience in our squad,” said Lewis. “I think Tom’s leadership will be invaluable. He’s a trained teacher and so he’s used to talking.
“We have needed a few more leaders. There were times last year when we just needed a bit more experience to make the right decisions at the right time.”
Lewis admitted he had always wanted to bring Goodman back to the Rectory.
“I first met Tom on a John Kitto rugby tour to Twickenham and then I started playing at Services with him at the age of 13,” said Lewis. “When I came back here (as coach) I always said I wanted to bring Joe Page and him back as we had come through the age groups together.”
Lewis wants to make sure Services are in a position where young players do not feel the need to move on, like they have done in the past.
“Devonport Services have always had a good youth set-up but in the past players have gone away to bigger and better things. But I want Services to be that bigger and better thing. I think we have got one more promotion in us and I think we could compete while staying amateur.”