Having returned to his parent club, Cardiff City, after the JD Welsh Cup victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads, we took the opportunity this week to catch up with Jack Bodenham.
TNS FC: Jack, whoever said time flies wasn’t joking. Although it’s only been a month or so since you kicked your last ball for The New Saints FC, it seems like an eternity.
Jack: It definitely does, it seems like only yesterday I was joining the club, which just goes to show how enjoyable I found my time at TNS.
TNS FC: It’s true to say that you hit the ground running when you arrived at Park Hall and you continued with more of the same.
Jack: I would put that down to many different factors, the main ones being the team’s philosophy and how it suited my playing style, as well as how easy the other players integrated me into the group, which made me feel more comfortable when playing.
TNS FC: Did your perception of the JD Welsh Premier League as a whole change after you had spent several months playing in the system?
Jack: If I’m totally honest I didn’t know an awful lot about the league before joining TNS on loan, but I learnt that there are many good teams within the league and the standard seems to only be getting better.
TNS FC: Concerning TNS though, based on what you knew about the club prior to signing, what were your final impressions of the club?
Jack: As I’ve said previously I knew that TNS had been incredibly successful over recent years and luckily enough I was able to help continue that, but not only on the field is the club going in the right direction. I think it’s a club run very well from top to bottom.
TNS FC: Not only were you a regular in the starting line-up but you also got on the score sheet as well.
Jack: It was a great feeling to score on my first league start in a 5-0 win. It was a big relief to be able to hit the ground running!
TNS FC: Football involves making memories along the way, tell us your main one from your time with The New Saints.
Jack: My favourite memory has to be the Welsh Cup final. To win my first final in men’s football was special, especially how hard we had to work for it on the day which made it even more satisfying!
TNS FC: You made numerous friendships as well, during your time with us. Have you kept in touch with many of the people since departing Park Hall?
Jack: I’ve kept in touch with a couple of the lads and look forward to keeping an eye out for how they all do during the upcoming season.
TNS FC: Now that you’re back at Cardiff City, what are your plans and ambitions for the season ahead?
Jack: My plan at the moment is just to make sure that I hit the ground running as soon as I return for pre-season and take whatever opportunities come my way.
TNS FC: Finally, Jack, many thanks for your time in our final chat. It’s been a pleasure not only to interview you over previous months but also to get to know you. Everyone at The New Saints FC wishes you all the very best for the future and we will certainly be watching your career develop as time goes by.
Jack: It is much appreciated! I would like to thank everyone at TNS for all their help and guidance during my time at the club, as well as wishing both the staff and players the best of luck for the upcoming season!
Lead image: Jack Bodenham in his last game in a TNS FC shirt, the 3-0 victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Cup final. Courtesy of Brian Jones.