Goodwin excited by first final

Jim Goodwin admits he will be fulfilling a dream by leading St Mirren out against Hearts in Sunday's League Cup final.

Last Updated: 14/03/13 at 18:40 Post Comment

Jim Goodwin: Delighted to be playing in first cup final

Jim Goodwin: Delighted to be playing in first cup final

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St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin admits he will be fulfilling a dream by leading his side against Hearts in Sunday's Scottish Communities League Cup final.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been passed fit to face Hearts after missing four games with a calf injury and he will play in his first final as a professional at Hampden Park this weekend.

Goodwin helped the Republic of Ireland beat Italy to become European Under-16 champions in 1998, but he has been forced to wait for another big occasion and is determined to make the most of it.

"It's hard to put it into words. It's the kind of thing that you dream about as a young boy when you are out playing football with your mates," he said.

"To have the opportunity now at 31 to lead a team out at the national stadium is a fantastic moment personally for me and the club.

"This is my first cup final. We won the European cup under-16 with Ireland but that seems like a hell of a long time ago now.

"As a 16-year-old you just take things for granted, you don't really realise how big a moment that was.

"The older you get, you appreciate times like this and all the sacrifices that we have made through our career are all for days like this.

"And it would just be fantastic now to top it off with a winner's medal."


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