The LA Giltinis have signed one of Australia’s brightest young halfback prospects in Harrison Goddard to ignite their maiden campaign in Major League Rugby.
Goddard is 22 and with his best rugby ahead of him after refining his game through the development pathways of Australian rugby.
The livewire halfback’s one-season deal means he will bring to the new club in Los Angeles all the skills he has learnt as a player with the Australian Schoolboys (2014-15), Australian Under-20s (2017-18) and Australian Sevens (2018).
That grounding earned him a start in professional rugby with Australia’s Melbourne Rebels (2017-19) for seven brief appearances as a substitute off the bench.
Yearning to play more minutes has already paid off big time in 2020.
He linked with coach Darren Coleman at the Gordon club and played a frontline role in the club winning Sydney’s Shute Shield championship for the first time in 22 years.
Today’s announcement that Coleman and Goddard are reigniting that successful partnership at the Giltinis is a major plus for the MLR club.
“Darren is very detailed, persistent and communicates really well with players. He’s a big loss to Australian rugby but capable of doing something special this year in the US,” Goddard said.
“That’s why I wanted to be on board at the Giltinis.
“It’s a great opportunity to gain more exposure and experience, play plenty of minutes and be part of starting a new club with a lot of international players.
“When I googled ‘Los Angeles’ I also saw the beaches so playing with the sun on my back in one of the sporting capitals of the world is going to be cool.”
Giltinis’ fans will enjoy watching Goddard, a sharp runner of the ball, an accomplished goalkicker, a shrewd tactical kicker and a halfback who controls the play with maturity.
Goddard is a proud Indigenous Australian who loves to share his culture.
His studies in Youth and Family Welfare give him great satisfaction when helping those in need through a training session or community work.
Now that the Giltinis player announcement frenzy was well under way, Goddard is super excited.
“I’m keen to learn from all of the experience of these players and be around guys who have won trophies all around the world.”
Coleman saw Goddard develop first hand this year and knows the Giltinis have grabbed a big signing.
“Harrison is a highly-talented halfback and I watched him go from strength-to-strength this year with the game time to develop,” Coleman said.
“Two of his greatest attributes are his astute tactical kicking and his incredible composure for one so young because he knows when to speed up the game and when to slow it down.
“He’s a big-minutes player.”
The Giltinis will kick off their MLR campaign on the weekend of March 20, 2021, with tickets being available by the end of this year.