From 1983 until 1989 Goodwin played a total of 108 games for the Penrith Panthers, in the process scoring a total of 10 tries for the club. A tough forward who was a Penrith crowd favourite, Goodwin was voted as Penrith Panthers 'player of the year' in 1987.
In 1990, Goodwin was cut by the Panthers coach Ron Willey and later that year Goodwin signed for the Parramatta Eels. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he was injured while playing for the Eels and was subsequently released from his contract with the Eels in 1991. He made 24 appearances for the club in two years. After being released by the Eels in the 1991 season, Goodwin was signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1992. But once again he was injured but this time, it was more serious, a chronic shoulder injury which effectively ended his career. He made only six appearances for the Souths before he ended his 10-year first-grade career. In May to August 2016, his son Lou Goodwin featured on the 9Go! sport and reality program The NRL Rookie, hosted by Brad Fittler and won the competition
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