Departing Bodde thanks Swansea fans

  • Last Updated: July 4 2012, 17:19 BST

Ferrie Bodde has thanked Swansea's supporters after his injury-hit spell in south Wales came to an end.

Ferrie Bodde: Injury-hit Swansea spell over

Bodde's contract was up at the end of June, and the Dutchman is back training with his first club Den Haag as he continues his fightback from a third cruciate ligament injury.

The midfielder managed just 52 starts in five seasons with Swansea, but chairman Huw Jenkins reckons only those injuries prevented him becoming a star in England.

He said: "There is no doubting his talent and he would have been one of the best players in the Championship and probably one of the best in the Premier League."

Bodde said: "It feels as if I'm leaving home to go home. After five years here, I'm going to miss Swansea and its people.

"It's been frustrating at times with all the injuries, but the fans have always been very supportive and warm towards me. That support has helped me fight my way back from the injuries and I will always be extremely grateful to them for that."