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Billy Bodin Provides Update On His Progress

19 March 2019

With the excellent run of form of late it would be easy to forget that the Lilywhites have done it amidst a season of injuries.

One of those unavailable for the entire campaign is forward Billy Bodin.

The Welsh international sat down with iFollow PNE during the international break to update us on the progress he is making from his ACL injury and is targeting a return to training before the end of the season.

“Things are going well at the moment,” said the No.39. “Josh [Harrop] and I are basically at the same stage now. We have started to do a bit more speed work, a bit more turning and some ball work, which is always nice.

“It has been frustrating and stressful season, but that is part of football and unfortunately Josh and I have had to go through it and we are almost there now.

“One of the main aims you want to get to is to be back our on the grass and it is nice to be out there, with your boots on, and being around the lads at times. That is the one thing you can’t wait to get to.

“We have been outside for a couple of months now and it's progressing; it is all going well at the moment and hopefully we can be back soon.”

It has helped that for five of the last seven months Billy has been working alongside Josh Harrop on his rehabilitation, but having been through a lengthy injury lay-off before, has he had to play the senior partner in assisting Josh cope?

“There have been times where he has asked questions and he hasn’t been certain whether certain little pains or niggles might be normal or not,” he continued.

“But I have been there before and come back from it, so I have always been there to help him and give him advice.

“He has also been there to push me as well, so it has been good that we have both been there to help each other and get through it and now we can both finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully we can continue with that.”

Having been part of the squad in the second half of last season, the 26-year-old believes that the experience they went through – going so close to a place in the Play-Offs – will be of benefit this time around.

“The record speaks for itself. The lads have been great since the turn of the year, outstanding. To put a run like that together is great and you can see every day that the lads are coming in upbeat and there’s no reason why we can’t carry it on.

“It was similar last season, when people wrote us off and we almost snuck in there. Nobody spoke about us or expected us to be there.

“Now we have been on this run, people will look at us and see that we have beaten the likes of Norwich and realise what we are about. There’s no reason we can’t carry the run on and make it into the Play-Offs.

“I think the experience of last year, when we were so close will help. There were games where we missed chances – I think I was one of them against Norwich! – but the fact we have been there and know what we need to do will help.

“The run we have been on will be a massive boost for the lads and there is no reason why we can’t get there,” he added.

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