Date:Saturday July 16 2011
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on Ferrie Bodde, saying he'll be a massive asset for the team next season if he can stay fit.
The Dutch midfielder is hoping it's third time lucky this year to fully recover from a troublesome knee ligament injury that he suffered in the later part of 2008.
He's failed twice in returning to action from the long-term problem, but he was back on a football field and in a Swansea City shirt today as he started the friendly match at Port Talbot.
He only managed 16 minutes on the pitch but that was enough for him to show he still has plenty of quality, particularly his passing ability - which saw him create the opening goal for Craig Beattie.
Brendan Rodgers spoke to Swansea Sound radio after the 3-1 win at Port Talbot and he is fully aware of how good a player he is. Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara is also a big fan of the player.
'We were looking at 15 to 20 minutes, because psychologically it's massive for him.'
'This is a guy who's been out for a few years now, and you've seen that glimpse there - he's got so much quality, it's frightening. He's made three passes, one for the goal and two other passes that not many other players can make.'
'Today was a real psychological boost for him, to getting out there and starting.'
'We didn't want to rush him, I wanted to take my time with him because when he's fit he's a massive asset for us.'
'I was walking up Mount Kilimanjaro with Chris Kamara, and when he's seen him play, he's spoke to a lot of top, top managers saying you want to get this guy from Swansea.'
'I said to Ferrie that I was youtubing him in the off season, watching all of these clips, looking at his goal at Preston and Norwich and giving him some stick about his celebrations!'
'He's a good guy, him and I work well, and as I say he fits perfectly into the philosophy of the football club. He's excited about coming back but cautious as well.'
Date:Saturday July 16 2011
Bruce: Swansea City At Home Is a 'Cup Final' (Thursday December 18 2014)
Swansea City Need To Prepare For Bony Absence (Wednesday December 17 2014)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - vs Spurs (Monday December 15 2014)
Pochettino: We Deserved To Beat Swansea City (Sunday December 14 2014)
Stats: Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday December 14 2014)
Report - Swansea City 1-2 Spurs (Sunday December 14 2014)
Monk Felt Sickened After Home Defeat vs Spurs (Sunday December 14 2014)
Monk Has Most Attention To Detail I've Ever Seen (Sunday December 14 2014)
Gomis Will Need To Improve Shooting Accuracy (Saturday December 13 2014)
Monk Wants Gomis At Swansea City (Saturday December 13 2014)
|Team News: City v Crystal Palace
» Man City : 19/12/2014 19:57:00
|Pellegrini Confident Milner Will Stay
» Man City : 19/12/2014 19:54:00
|Team News: Hull v Swansea
» Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:37:00
|Dawson Out For Five-Weeks
» Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:36:00
|More Than Arfa Chance Hatem Will Leave
» Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:35:00