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Mathieu Baudry: “I want to help develop our young players”

Veteran French defender looking to lead by example…

18 July 2022

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Swindon Town defender Mathieu Baudry says he’s looking forward to working with the young players in the squad and will aim to lead by example as the new season approaches.

The 34-year-old Frenchman signed a one-year contract extension last month to prolong his stay at The County Ground, and admits he has a key role to play in helping develop the likes of Tom Clayton, Cian Harries and Ciaran Brennan.

Baudry, who signed for Town back in 2019 is fast approaching 50 league appearances for Town, says he’s been impressed with the attitude of our recent defensive recruits and their willingness to learn.

“We have some really exciting talented young players in the squad for the new season, which I think shows the direction this club is heading. They have great mindsets and are really keen to improve their game, and I believe I can help them with that.

“Having a young squad is good, but finding that balance and having some experienced heads in the team is important, so as one of the older lads here, I’m hoping to share my knowledge of the game and believe I can be a real asset to them.

“I enjoy the leadership side of the game, and as long as players are willing to listen and respond, we’ll be able to build strong relationships both on and off the pitch.”

Baudry also admits he’s been impressed with the work rate of our young new signings in both training and our pre-season friendlies, and believes they have the ability to drive the club forward and bring success.

“The young players bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the team, and I think they will take a lot of people by surprise.

“I’ve been really impressed by their character and ambition too – they all want to achieve good things here and believe in their own abilities. The changing room is a great place at the moment and we are building something special.”



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