They take on Donegal in Ballyshannon on Sunday (throw-in 2pm), having won their opening two games, home to Dublin, away to Monaghan.
In 2014, Brian Cuthbert’s side finished top of Division 1 at the end of seven games but fell to a Dublin fight-back in the semi-finals and their season never fully recovered. Goold believes that important lessons were learned by the squad and management.
“Obviously, it’s a very positive start,” he said.
“Going into the break, it was good to be looking up rather than looking down, but I think we’re too long in the tooth now to be reading too much into things.
“Both of the wins were close and they could have gone either way, but I think what’s important this year is that we’re learning from every game. We’ve looked at the two matches and there are things to improve on, we’re trying to be self-critical.
“Last year, we were winning but maybe not learning enough and then in the summer when things went against us we didn’t have all the answers.”
Cork have Ronan McCarthy back as a selector after a brief hiatus, but Goold feels the fact that he is familiar with the team means it will be an easy reintegration.
“We’re all glad to have him back,” he said.
“He was very good as a selector and coach last year and I’m sure he’ll slot right back in.
“As a team, we’ll just keep our heads down and focus on playing and the management will take care of itself.”
McCarthy’s re-appointment was announced at Tuesday’s county board meeting. In debating motions for the GAA Congress at that meeting, delegates were overwhelmingly against the proposal to open up GAA stadiums to other sports.
Meanwhile, former All-Star goalkeeper Gary Connaughton makes his first start for Westmeath since June 2013 as he is selected for the game against Kildare in Newbridge.
The Tubberclair man is a selector under manager Tom Cribbin but has stepped in after a groin injury to Darren Quinn, with Stephen Gallagher having already been ruled out for the year.
Other changes see John Egan, Paddy Holloway and Denis Glennon come into the side since the loss to Galway.
Elsewhere, it has been announced that Wexford have secured a sponsorship deal with Innovate Business Technology. As a result, the county ground will be known as Innovate Wexford Park for the next four years.
WESTMEATH (NFL v Kildare): G Connaughton (Tubberclair); M McCallon (Garrycastle), K Maguire (Caulry), J Gilligan (Ballymore); K Daly (Mullingar Shamrocks), K Martin (Maryland), J Egan (Athlone); P Holloway (Castledaly), J Heslin (St Loman’s Mullingar); P Sharry (St Loman’s Mullingar), G Egan (Tyrrellspass), J Gonoud (Tyrrellspass); L Smith (Mullingar Shamrocks), C McCormack (Maryland), D Glennon (Tyrrellspass).