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Goode: Wasps fans always gave me a pretty good booing
ANDY Goode wants to play well enough in a Wasps shirt to win over the fans that used to jeer him.
The former Leicester fly half is expected to make his home debut for the black and golds against London Irish tomorrow, and he admits he’s hoping for a better Adams Park reception than he has been used to.
He said: “When I was at Leicester we had a lot of ding-dong battles there and the two games that stand out were the back to back Heineken Cup games years ago.
“They were both great games and we managed to win 31-29 or something at Adams Park [37-31] .
“I also remember getting an intercept try when I was playing full back for Leicester and Kenny Logan couldn’t catch me.
“But I’ve had a lot of beating there as well and I always get a pretty good booing there “But hopefully I’ll put in some good performances which will enable me to win the respect of the fans and hopefully they’ll be cheering me as opposed to booing me, which they’ve done in my previous visits there.”
Goode’s last game for Leicester against Wasps was the 2008 Premiership final, but the rivalry has tempered since Wasps’ slide down the table and he follows Tom Varndell and Marco Wentzel in crossing the divide in recent years.
Wasps have turned the ship around recently though, and Goode hopes a more rounded attack this season can continue the restoration.
He said: “We don’t want to just be a team that has Tom Varndell and Christian Wade as our attacking threats.
“Those guys are bloody good players but there are a lot of other good attacking threats here as well. Andrea Masi has won countless Man of the Matches for Italy in the Six Nations, Elliot Daly will come back when he’s fit and he had a great year last year...
“People analyse Wasps and just look at the wingers so there might be a few massive holes for me to run through as well.
“While it’s great to have individual brilliance, we want to be efficient as a team as well.
“The coaching structure this year will enable us to do that with the experience they’ve got and the know-how to run an attacking game.
“Hopefully myself and the other fly halves will be able to implement that on the field.”
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