Friday July 6, 2012
Torquay United have completed a deal believed to be worth around £70,000 for Swindon Town forward Billy Bodin.
The 20-year-old Welsh Under 21 international has signed a two-year contract at Plainmoor having spent part of last season on loan at the club.
“Billy’s been a target since the day he left the football club so to finally get it over the line is a pleasing situation,” said manager Martin Ling.
“There was a big smile on his face and he is more than happy to be back here.”
Bodin had been at the County Ground since he was 12 and came through the club’s Apprenticeship programme but was judged surplus to requirements by boss Paolo Di Canio.
He scored five goals in 19 appearances during a loan spell at Plainmoor between August and January last season.
“Swindon offered him a very good contract to stay, but it was nothing to do with money,” Ling told BBC Sport.
“We didn’t offer the money Swindon offered to him, so it’s nothing about money, it’s about personal ambition for him.”
“When he was here he was outstanding, so if he can get better than that I think we’ll all be on a winner.”
“If we make him into the player that I think he can be we will be selling him for six figures,” he added.