Bodde eager for top-flight
Ferrie Bodde has signed a new one-year contract with Swansea despite missing last season through injury.
By Debbie Kaplan
Last Updated: 02/06/11 10:59am
Ferrie Bodde has signed a new one-year contract with newly-promoted Swansea despite not featuring for the club in 15 months.
The Dutch midfielder, whose contract was due to expire in July, is now set for a taste of Premier League action after agreeing an extension following a serious knee injury.
And the 29-year-old, whose problems started when he snapped a cruciate ligament in 2008, is on course to be fit for the start of the new season and relishing the prospect of playing in the top-flight.
The former Den Haag player said: "The Premier League is a major opportunity for us. We will visit some great stadiums and play against some of the best teams in the world. We have 38 cup finals ahead.
"I am very happy to sign a new contract. It has been a very difficult and frustrating time for me because of my knee problems.
"But everyone at Swansea has supported me, and the club have backed me by offering me a new deal. I am very grateful for that and now I want to hep the club on the pitch. I can't wait for next season because the Premier League is the best in the world."
Bodde, who made his debut for the Welsh side in a pre-season friendly against Swedish side Ostersunds in 2007, was back in full training for the last seven weeks of the season.
And while his team-mates return for pre-season training on July 11, Bodde - who was regarded as a Premier League player in waiting before his injury - will have just a 10-day break before joining back up with the Swans.
But Bodde is excited for the chance to play under Brendan Rodgers, who arrived at the Liberty Stadium in 2010 and led Swansea to promotion after a 4-2 win over Reading in his first Championship play-off final.
Bodde added: "I can switch off for a few days and then I will be thinking of the Premier League. It seems a long time since I played for Swansea, but I can't wait to pull on the shirt again.
"I have been desperate to play under the gaffer because I can see how everyone is enjoying working with him."