Goals to the Good
SCOTLAND international David Goodwillie is the latest new recruit for Derek Adams in the summer of 2016.
Argyle have signed the 27-year-old forward, subject to a medical, after he left Aberdeen at the end of his contract.
Goodwillie was given his professional debut for Dundee United at the age of 16, and made a series of substitute appearances in his first two years as a pro. In December 2007, he went to Raith Rovers on loan, and scored nine times in 21 games.
Back at Tannadice, David’s real breakthrough season was 2009-10 when he made 40 appearances and scored 13 goals – the last being the opening goal in a 3-0 victory for United in the Scottish Cup final. The losers that day were Ross County, managed by Derek Adams.
The following season, David scored 19 goals, made his Scotland senior debut and was named SPFA Young Player of the Year. In addition, the eyes of the Premier League were taking note of the 22-year-old.
In August 2011, Blackburn Rovers brought David south of the border for a fee rumoured to be above £2m. He scored five goals in his first season at Ewood Park, as well scoring his first and only international goal, a penalty in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat to Spain in European Championship qualifying.
Finding first-team opportunities hard to come by, David had loan spells at Crystal Palace and Blackpool, either side of a return to Dundee United. When released from his Blackburn contract, he joined Aberdeen.
David played 63 times for the Dons over two years, scoring eight goals, but almost half of those appearances were from the bench and he eventually went to Ross County on loan in the January transfer window this year.