Goodman was one of 18 Lions players to be shown the door at the Den this week as Neil Harris begins shaping his squad for the challenge of League One next season.
Harris has been absolutely ruthless in clearing the decks and even decided against keeping on his former team-mate, Alan Dunne, who had been with the club for 23 years.
Goodman was also making all the right noises about returning to the club next season when quizzed on his future recently as he helped Ardley’s side set a new League Two points record.
The no-nonsense centre-half filled the void left by the departures of Alan Bennett and Adam Barrett at the heart of the defence and is looking to play week-in-week-out next term.
Ardley is also monitoring developments at his old club Cardiff City as Deji Oshilaja waits to discover his fate in Wales.
Bluebirds manager Russell Slade was due to meet with his players last week to discuss their futures, with Danny Gabbidon, Nicky Maynard and Kevin McNaughton already heading for the exit.
Dons have had their own cull this week and freed up further space at the back by releasing injury-plagued Jack Smith and former Southend hardman Mark Phillips.
The defensive duo were allowed to leave alongside midfielder Sammy Moore, wide-man Alfie Potter and out-of-favour goalkeeper Ross Worner.
Bayo Akinfenwa’s future remains unclear despite the club offering him a new contract.