Will Evans and Billy Bodin Offered New Contracts

Town have announced this morning that second year scholars Will Evans (central defender) and Billy Bodin (midfielder / forward) have been offered new one year professional contracts.  Unfortunately Calum Antell, Matt Barnes, Elliot Knight, Mark Hartmann and Jordan Record will be released at the end of the season.

Will Evans, a strong central defender, has the opportunity to follow Sean Morrison’s example and find a regular place in the first team after several impressive games this season for the reserves.  Evans also recently captained the reserves  in the win against Bristol City.

Billy Bodin, the son of Paul Bodin, has recently featured on the first team bench and has become a Wales U21 International earlier this season.  A versatile forward who can play of the left wing or up-front, Bodin has been a key player in the reserves during this season.  With Richie returning to Portsmouth, I certainly see Bodin featuring at some point in our run-in this season.  Bodin is certainly a more technically gifted player than Marshall and has outshone Marshall in the reserves.

As for the five that go, it comes as no surprise to see Antell leave.  Despite being young, Antell lacks any real physical presence between the posts and hasn’t developed enough over the past two seasons.  In goal we already have four proffesionals (Lucas, Smith, Jesionkowski and Scott) so this is always a competitive position in any squad.

I’m surprised with the decision to release Barnes and Hartmann. Both midfielders have good ability, particularly Barnes’ crossing, and I’d expect both will play in the Football League at some point in their careers and they will be snapped up by a Conference or League Two team.

As for Elliot Knight and Jordan Record, neither have done enough in their many opportunities in the reserves to impress.  A phone call from Swindon Supermarine would come as no surprise.

Perhaps the most important youth player question has yet to be answered…. whether the 16 year old Alex Henshall’s future is at Town?

2 comments

  • Hello, iv been meaning to reply to your blog about my son Calum since you made those comments why you think Swindon released him. I guess you must have seen him play twice last Season because if you had watched his League games then your comments are wrong.He was the best keeper in the League with 11 clean sheets.He never played for the reserves because Swindon would hav been embarressed because he was better than the keeper they had signed on a two year Pro 4 years older than him.Now other clubs hav access to him they can see what a talent he is.So now he has gained a 2 year pro at Hibs
    I hope you think twice about making worthless comments in the futue!!Cheers!

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    • Thanks for your comment Andrew. I’ve seen your lad play for Town u18s more than twice last season and I’d stand by my opinion. I think that you hit the nail on the head about Calum’s lack of opportunities in the reserves, this is something which I commented on. Due to the four professionals already on our books, Calum was always going to be restricted at Town, and never going to be given the time and opportunity to develop, which is evidently to our loss, particularly as a club of the calibre of Hibernian have signed him. I wish him all the best for the future and perhaps he will prove me wrong by appearing as the Town no.1 in the future. Cheers.

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