John Goddard

DOB: 04/10/95 / Position: Defender

The 25 year old, on loan from Stevenage, can play as a winger, attacking midfielder, or forward, and will add some further prowess to Neil Smith’s front line.

Goddard spent 11 years at Reading during his youth, originally joining the Club at the age of eight in 2001. His loyalty was rewarded in 2011, where he signed his first professional contract, featuring heavily in the Berkshire side’s development side in the 2011-12 season.

In the Summer of 2012, Goddard signed for then Conference South side Hayes and Yeading United, where he would spend the entire season, making 37 appearances. At the end of the season, Goddard left United to sign for Conference Premier outfit Woking.

He would go on to spend three seasons at Kingfield, making a total of 128 appearances across all competitions, scoring 27 goals. In 2015-16, his final season with the Cards, Goddard netted 17 times, including a goal in a 2-1 defeat against Bromley, earning the Club’s player of the year award.

Amidst interest from Championship and fellow League One clubs, in May 2016, Goddard signed for Swindon Town on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee. After making 48 appearances in his first campaign with Town, an injury prevented him from starting the opening six weeks of the 2017-18 season, before he worked his way back to fitness and was then signed by Stevenage on a two-year deal.

After finishing the 2017/19 season with The Boro, he now joins up with the Ravens on loan until January.

Manager Neil Smith was delighted with his latest capture, and commented; “He’s a very, very good player. He’s just had his first training session and it’s clear to see he’s a very talented lad. He’s comfortable in possession, capable of scoring goals, and can hopefully link up the midfield and forward line. It’s a great acquisition for the Club and he’s coming in as a hungry player, who’s keen to show everyone what he can do.”

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