The 22-year old was charged with rape following a party on New Year's Eve and was continually abused for seven months whilst playing for Dundee United until he had his name cleared.
A dream move to the English Premier League was the end result for Goodwillie, who admits he has grown as a player and person since, but he insists that he was close to calling quits on his career amidst the abuse and ill-treatment.
"To start off with it was crazy and I thought, 'I didn't want this'. I had numerous conversations with my family about it and it was hard for them to hear that about their son," the Scotland international said.
"I had loads of doubts in my head about whether this was what I wanted to do. But I soon realised they were only singing about me because I was a good player and they were trying to get at me.
"I eventually thrived on it and it was good for me as it showed I could stand up to things and had a strong mind. It helped me grow up and I realised I couldn't hide behind anybody any more."