Goodlad was a goalkeeper and began his career at Nottingham Forest, playing on loan at Scarborough, before joining Port Vale in 2000. He became Vale's first choice keeper for a number of seasons until he was forced to retire due to injury in 2008. During his time at Vale Park he was made Player of the Year in 2001/02, and also picked up an EFL Trophy winner's medal in 2001.
In total he made 250 competitive appearances during a ten-year professional career, primarily in League One. He turned to coaching after retiring as a player, becoming a goalkeeping coach at Nottingham Forest, the JCB Academy, Nike Academy, Barnsley and York City. He became assistant manager at Hartlepool United in February 2023, having worked with John Askey during his time at York.
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