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AJ says farewell to Rovers

Goodwin is ending her nine-year association with the club

1 April 2019

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Amanda Goodwin admits it was the best possible send-off to end her last day at Rovers by winning the league.

Rovers Ladies’ First-Team Coach is leaving to take up a job at the FA, and has certainly left a legacy.

“It’s a perfect way to go out,” she said after the Derby game that clinched the title.

“I’m so proud. I’ve been at the Ladies a few times, but not won the league, so it’s a personal achievement. It’s been excellent to be around this group.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. It’s a family club that’s got ambition. It’s a club in my heart and always will be.

“They deserve to be in the Championship and play in that league week in week out. They’ve shown it over the last three seasons, not just this season. They can only get better from here.”

‘AJ’, as she is known, first started her Rovers career back in 2010, when she signed as a player from Curzon Ashton. The centre-midfielder started 10 times that season, scoring once. 

“I knew the manager Adam Lakeland. He’d come in for me a few times and I’d always stayed loyal to Curzon. But then I decided to bite the bullet and take that next step up.”

Goodwin soon returned in November 2013, as she took temporary charge of the team alongside current boss Gemma Donnelly, securing Rovers’ Premier League status. 

“Gemma has been really good to me. She’s given me roles where I can achieve what I want to achieve and move my career to the next level. 

“I just want to thank her from the bottom of my heart. I’m so thankful for what she’s done for me and the club.”

Goodwin has filled numerous roles at Rovers, coaching various aged groups and becoming Technical Director of the Regional Talent Club, in-between her role as First-Team Coach with the Ladies. 

“I absolutely loved being Technical Director. There’s some excellent staff and it’s exciting for the future because there’s some really good players coming through the system. 

“They do the right thing, they develop players the right way and it’s a good environment to be around, so I was definitely gutted to leave.”

She is proud to have coached players at the RTC that are now representing England and playing at the highest level. 

“It’s exciting to see. Georgia Stanway’s just an outstanding player on and off the pitch. Then there’s Keira Walsh, Ella Toone and players abroad as well. 

“Blackburn’s a club to develop young players and it’s proven they will continue to develop them. So it’s onwards and upwards.”

Goodwin admits it wasn’t easy to part with the club she’s called home for the last nine years. 

“I’m really sad to leave. It’s not been a decision taken lightly but it’s for my own development and career.

“Hopefully I’ve left it in a good place to kick on and develop further.”

Thank you, AJ! 

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