Bryson Goodwin

Player # 708
Nickname Bryse
Position Wing, Centre
Height 185cm
Weight 95kg
DOB 30th Dec 1985
Origin Parkes, NSW
Junior Club Gymea Gorillas
Debut 2009: Round 1 vs Manly
Other Clubs Cronulla, South Sydney
Rep NZ(10)

Bryson Goodwin was born in Parkes, New South Wales. Bryson is the son of former Australia representative, Ted Goodwin.

He is the younger brother of former players Bronx and Luke Goodwin. Bryson's sister Rearne is married to former Rabbitohs teammate Joel Reddy. As a youth, Bryson and his family moved to Perth while his brother Luke was playing for the Perth-based Western Reds, while Bryson was also the ball boy. He played his junior football for the Canning Bulldogs and the South Perth Lions in Western Australian Rugby League before moving back to Sydney and playing for the Gymea Gorillas. He attended Endeavour Sports High, playing in an Arrive Alive Cup final.

Bryson was a Cronulla junior, progressed through the Sharks lower grade teams, the under-20s and reserve grade, before making his first grade debut for the Sharks in round 24 of the 2007 season, miraculously just eight weeks after breaking his leg in reserve grade. He played nine games for Cronulla from 2007 to 2008, scoring two tries.

Unwanted by Cronulla, Bryson struggled to find a club before signing with the Bulldogs prior to the 2009 season. He made his debut for the Bulldogs in the first round of the 2009 season, scoring two tries in the Bulldogs' 34-12 win against Manly at ANZ Stadium.

At the end of the 2009 season, Bryson had scored a career best total of 20 tries, the fourth most in the competition, as the Bulldogs finished Preliminary Finalists. After an impressive season, he was selected in the New Zealand squad for the 2009 Four Nations.

After returning from England and France with the New Zealand test side, during the 2010 pre-season and following the retirement of Canterbury great Hazem El Masri, Bryson was chosen to be the Bulldogs new goal-kicker. He did not play in the Bulldogs first game of the 2010 season due to injury In his first appearance for Canterbury in the new decade, he kicked his first goal for the club against St George Illawarra in round 2 at WIN Stadium in Wollongong. 

In Canterbury's 36-24 win over the South Sydney in round 7 at ANZ Stadium, Bryson got injured and was ruled out for several weeks.

He returned in round 11 in Canterbury's 20-12 loss to the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium. In round 16 he was dropped for the first time since he joined the club. He made his first ever appearance in Reserve Grade for the Bulldogs in round 16 in their 32-15 win against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval. In that game he scored his first ever Reserve Grade try for the club and kicked 4 goals. Bryson played the rest of the 2011 season in Reserve Grade which included playing for Canterbury in their 30-28 NSW Cup Grand Final win over the Auckland Vulcans, where he kicked 3 goals which helped the Canterbury Reserve Grade side win their 3rd successive Reserve Grade premiership in a row. His 2011 first grade season total ended up scoring 1 try and kicked 24 goals for 52 points and Canterbury finished in ninth place, missing out on the finals on points differential. 

Bryson began the 2012 season in first grade under new Bulldogs coach Des Hasler and scored his first try in the opening game in Canterbury's 22-14 victory over the Penrith. In round 11 in Canterbury's easy 26-6 victory over the Cronulla, he injured his spleen in a collision with Sharks fullback Matthew Wright. The injury was career threatening. That match proved to be his last ever first grade game for the club. Bryson was out of action for a number of months and finally returned, to play the rest of the 2012 season in Reserve Grade. Bryson's last ever game for the club was in the NSW Cup Preliminary Final in Canterbury's 34-6 loss to the Newtown Jets at Leichhardt Oval, where he kicked his last ever goal for the club. His 1st grade 2012 season total ended up with him scoring 4 tries and kicked 14 goals for 44 points.

After a four years with the Bulldogs, Bryson signed a one year deal with South Sydney for the 2013 season.

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Year Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
2009 24 20 0 0 80
2010 23 6 73 0 170
2011 10 1 24 0 52
2012 11 4 14 0 44
Total: 68 31 111 0 346