Former Scunthorpe United hitman hoping to answer Darren Sarll’s prayers

Matt Godden. Photo: Stevenage FC

Matt Godden. Photo: Stevenage FC - Credit: Archant

Matt Godden says he has unfinished business in the Football League after joining Stevenage FC this week.

Boro have been scouting since before the end of last season for someone to add firepower to their attack and hope the 24-year-old will be the answer after he netted 30 goals for Ebbsfleet United in Vanarama National League South last term.

The forward started his career in the Football League with Scunthorpe United and made his debut against Manchester United in the League Cup in 2009.

However, after five frustrating seasons at Glanford Park, during which time he made 21 appearances, he decided to head to Kent, and Ebbsfleet, in 2014.

And now, after two successful years with The Fleet, he is back in the Football League as Boro boss Darren Sarll’s first new signing of the summer.

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“I had a chat when I left Scunthorpe with Russ Wilcox [the then manager] and he wanted me to stay, but I wanted to get away and play a lot more and rejuvenate myself,” Godden told the Comet.

“There was a bit of frustration as I didn’t kick on as I wanted to.

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“I went out on loan which did help me, but I would have liked to have hit it off better there. I felt like I had something to prove.

“Ebbsfleet offered me a chance and I played about 80 odd games and scored something like 45 goals.

“The aim with Stevenage is to continue the form I had last season and score goals in the Football League.

“I scored three hat-tricks and four [at Hayes & Yeading]. I went on an eight-game scoring streak and a six-game streak last season and so if I score one that’ll hopefully [be the start of a good run].”

The striker, who operates better in a front two, learnt of Stevenage’s interest about two months before the season had ended, but decided against speaking to the club until the end of Ebbsfleet’s campaign.

“I didn’t think it was fair on Ebbsfleet, even though I was out of contract, to speak with another club. I wanted to concentrate on football and get the job done for Ebbsfleet. I then spoke with Stevenage at the end of the season.

“I had interest from quite a few clubs, but it only turned out to be interest. Once I went to Stevenage for the first time me and Darren got on very well.

“He made me feel welcome and explained to me what he wants from me.

“As soon as I went through the gates at the training ground, it’s unbelievable. To be my place of work for next year is [great].

“It’s a Championship-quality training ground at the end of the day. And if you enjoy going into work it’ll get the best out of you.”

At Ebbsfleet Godden played under a manager who knows Stevenage very well. Daryl McMahon played more 70 times for the club in a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009.

The former Boro midfielder has gone on record before about how he thinks there isn’t a better striker than Godden in non-league.

“When the interest came about I spoke with Daryl personally and he was fine with it,” Godden said.

“He’s always been complimentary of myself and I can’t thank him enough for last year. The chief executive, Peter Varney, also helped me massively.”

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