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Bec Goddard gets development coaching role with SANFL club Woodville West Torrens

With a potential work move to Adelaide on the cards, Bec Goddard asked former Port Adelaide forward Nick Salter if he knew if anyone was looking for a coach.

His old SANFL club Woodville West Torrens came calling and she'll be their under-18 forward coach next season.

Plum job: Canberra's Bec Goddard will join SANFL club Woodville West Torrens as under-18s forwards coach.
Plum job: Canberra's Bec Goddard will join SANFL club Woodville West Torrens as under-18s forwards coach. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Goddard was an assistant coach for Ainslie's NEAFL team this year and had Salter as one of her charges, but with the Tricolours dropping out of the second-tier competition she almost switched to Eastlake to stay involved with the league.

But her job as a policewoman is taking her to South Australia where football doors have also opened.

"I had a chat with Nick Salter just to see what he thought and I was thinking about getting a sports agent, but I didn't need to do that because after I spoke to Salts I got a phone call from Woodville the next day telling me they had a spot open and would I be interested in it," Goddard said.

"I caught up with the head coach [Shane Reardon] and had a coffee with him and got offered the job."

Goddard hoped winning the Football Woman of the Year honorary award would help make her dream of becoming a full-time coach a reality.

She said this was a step in the right direction.

Goddard said there were a few other female coaches emerging in Adelaide and she was looking forward to getting in touch with them.

"I feel like it's a step in the right direction, I won the award, I've got my little coaching accreditation this year and I think being in a football hungry state like South Australia, I'll get exposure to different style of football and a good competition and hopefully keep going from there," she said.