The ArgusNo room for sentiment on Goodwin's return to Sussex (From The Argus)

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No room for sentiment on Goodwin's return to Sussex

The Argus: Murray Goodwin taking a run in his last game at Hove for Sussex Murray Goodwin taking a run in his last game at Hove for Sussex

Murray Goodwin admits it will feel “weird” when he lines up against Sussex at Hove tonight.

Goodwin returns to the ground where he spent 12 hugely successful seasons for the first time since his emotional departure two years ago for the televised NatWest T20 Blast clash with Glamorgan.

The 41-year-old is looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces but insists sentiment will go out of the window once the game begins (6.30pm). Goodwin, below, said: “Obviously it is going to be a bit strange. When you have had such a great time at a wonderful club like Sussex it is hard to go back and be on the opposition side.

“It’s going to be difficult but you have just got to be professional about it.

“It was probably harder in the home game (in May) because that was the first time I had played against Sussex since I left.

“I found that quite uncomfortable as about three quarters of the side I was playing against were former team-mates but it’s my job and I had to get on with it.

“I’m excited to see so many good friends. I’ve arranged to stay over after the game so I can catch up with as many people as possible but the first goal is to win the game.”

Glamorgan go into the game in third place in the south division and knowing victory would leave them well placed to progress to the quarter-finals.

Sussex are currently second to bottom and need to win their three remaining games to stand even an outside chance of sneaking into the top four.

Chris Jordan is not available after being included in the England squad for the second Test against India while skipper Ed Joyce, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Mike Yardy, Jon Lewis and Jimmy Anyon all remain sidelined.

Former New Zealand under-19 international Craig Cachopa, who made his debut in the three-run defeat against Kent on Friday night, is expected to be included in the squad again.

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