A talented midfielder originally from Subiaco, Godden was one of the raft of players who struggled for senior selection in the strong West Coast sides of the 1990s. However, it was injury as much as the stars in front of him that hampered Godden’s career.
West Coast careerEdit
Given his first opportunity late in 1993, Godden put in some solid performances and held his spot for the finals campaign, playing both finals against North Melbourne and Essendon.
In 1994 he struggled to put consecutive games together, playing just 5 games in the home and away season. A good game in the final round against the Bulldogs earned him a spot for the qualifying final against Collingwood, but that was his last appearance in the Eagles’ premiership run.
After an even more frustrating 1995, in which he managed just 2 games, Godden signed with Fremantle as an uncontracted player. West Coast used their compensation selection on a young Aboriginal kid from Victoria named David Wirrpanda.
Godden’s wretched run continued at Fremantle. After 11 games in three years, including missing the entire 1997 season due to injury, he was delisted at the end of 1998.
Godden continued to play for Subiaco in the WAFL for several seasons before retiring at the end of the 2003 season. He continues to put his footy knowledge to good use as a skills coach at the WA under-18 academy.