Fruitless? As in the game that @biggoaly linked where Andy set up a goal and has a bunch of other assists in games? I'm not advocating that 'Tim' playing for his school's 2nd XI or 'Bob' from Division 10 in the Surrey Open Hockey League should be using a pseduo goal kick, but that national league and international goalies may be able to - because they already have amazing motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination to work from - the only two examples we have to work from are Isaacs (former NL goalie) and Mason (former GB player). Manuel Neuer plays as an extra defender effectively (when he's not injured!), but no-one really truly replicates his style at the same level because they don't have the physical or mental attributes (like reading the game to the highest level) to pull it off. As is with this. Handball goalies can play an important part in starting attacks at the top level, football goalies set up goals and sometimes score, as do ice hockey goalies when they puckhandle. Why is it any different? It's another 'tool in the toolbox' even if unorthodox. Last line of defence and first line of attack and all that. As for clearing via punt - yes, they're two different techniques - but punting away is seen as more viable because it is being used more. Same as getting the leg up to block with pad around the knee/thigh area rather than dropped gloves. I wouldn't say it's desperate, as when done by national league goalies - it's because it's quicker and 'kills two birds with one stone' without having to control the ball down to touch first and then clear. Haven't seen lofting a ball away via glove.