Bodde hoping to repay Swans

The talented Dutch midfielder, 29, has not played for 15 months

after a recurrence of his troublesome knee injury last February but

he returned to full training seven weeks ago and is now set to play

a part for Swans in the Premier League next season. Bodde will

return to south Wales after just a 10-day break to get a head start

on his summer conditioning work, much earlier than the rest of his

team-mates who are back in training on July 11. He told Swansea’s

official website: “I am very happy to sign a new contract. While

the club has had a lot of success on the pitch, it has been a very

difficult time for me because of my knee problems. “But everyone at

Swansea has supported me and the club has backed me during my

injury by offering me a new deal. I am very grateful for that and

now I want to help the club on the pitch. “I can’t wait for next

season because the Premier League is the best in the world.”