Swindon Town are delighted to announce Mathieu Baudry has signed a two-year extension to his contract at the club.
Mathieu’s first season at the County Ground was a successful one with the Robins achieving promotion to League One as Champions. The deal keeps him at SN1 until June 2022.
Before ‘Frenchie’ joined Swindon, he had previously plied his trade in both France and England. The 32-year-old Frenchman started his career at Le Havre before making the move to Troyes where he earned his first promotion.
He had already been awarded the Young Player and Player’s Player of the Year during the 2008/09 season before making the step up to Ligue 2 at just 23-years-old.
The Frenchman made his move across the pond in 2011 signing for Bournemouth where he linked up with Eddie Howe’s Cherries.
After a season on the south coast, with a temporary spell at Dagenham & Redbridge midway through the season, Baudry made his move to London permanent, signing for Leyton Orient.
The French defender spent four years at Brisbane Road and appeared 156 times for the Orient - and was named captain in 2015, a year after reaching the play-off final against Rotherham which they ultimately lost on penalties.
At the end of the 2015/16 season, Baudry signed for Doncaster Rovers and played a major role at the heart of the Donny defence as they achieved promotion from League Two.
The following year, Rovers went again in League One but fell at the final hurdle in the play-off final at Wembley.
After another promotion in the 2018/19 season, the 32-year-old was released by newly-promoted MK Dons where he had spent a single season.
After joining Swindon in June 2019, Frenchie made 26 appearances at the heart of the Town defence keeping nine clean sheets and captaining the team for the majority of the season in Dion Conroy’s absence.
Upon signing his two-year extension, the Frenchman said:
“I’m delighted to sign a new deal with the club, be here for the next two years and try to help build something special. This season I’ve seen the potential with the support, that this club has got and it’s unbelievable.
“We need that support next season because it’s going to be tough but we’ve got a great manager and a great staff, and a great core of young players. With your (the fans’) support, anything can happen.
“Personally, I feel like I’ve got a lot more to show than last season so I’m working already to prepare. We’ve seen what can happen to teams that are newly-promoted – teams like Luton, Bournemouth, Wycombe are trying to do it now where they go back-to-back almost.
“It’s going to be interesting and I’m just excited to get back, celebrate our title with the fans and create more memories. I can’t wait to see everyone back at the County Ground.”