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SWINDON TOWN: Bodin rues choosing club over country
BILLY Bodin has admitted he may have made the wrong choice in opting for club over country last weekend.
The Welshman turned down the opportunity to meet up with the senior Wales squad for a friendly against Mexico in New York on Sunday in order to be with loan club Crewe for the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
However, the 20-year-old did not make it off the bench at English football’s headquarters, as Alex saw off Cheltenham 2-0 to secure promotion to League One, and with hindsight Bodin said he may well have chosen to fly to the Big Apple with his national teammates.
“Looking back, if I knew I was not going to play I probably would have gone with Wales, but that’s the decision I’ve made and I have to stick by it,” he told the Advertiser.
“I may not have got another chance to play at Wembley but in the end it didn’t quite work out.
“I thought it would be the right decision, but going there and not getting to play was a weird feeling.
“I made the decision myself, but if I had another chance maybe it would be different.
“The manager had told me that he might change the team to give it a bit more of a defensive approach.
“I was disappointed because I had played a lot before the play-offs and to get dropped during them was not easy to take, but it was great to be involved in a match like that.”
Staying with Crewe did bring some benefits for Bodin, however, including his second medal of the campaign.
After picking up a League Two champions souvenir for his role in Swindon’s title-winning campaign, the forward also got his hands on a play-off winner’s medal - a haul very few professionals manage in an entire career, let alone 10 months of football.
“To get promoted with two different teams - to play a part with Swindon and go up in the play-offs at Crewe - was something special,” he said.
“There aren’t too many people who can say they’ve picked up two promotion medals in one season. If Torquay has gone up I’d have had three.
“It’s a good feeling. It’s been a crazy season but I’ve been happy to be playing.”