FORMER Swindon Town youth team manager Paul Bodin has backed Nathan Thompson to follow in his brother’s footsteps and progress his career to the next level.
Bodin, who coached both players during his five-year stint in the job at the County Ground, rates older brother Nathan as one of the “best one on one defenders” he’s ever had the pleasure of working with.
And, after younger brother Louis secured a move to the Championship on the final day of the summer transfer window, Bodin is certain that it won’t be long before Thompson senior does something similar – either with or without Town.
It wasn’t always smiles for the ‘Thompson twins’, however, as the former Swindon full-back recalled: “When I joined just after Christmas 2007, Nathan was as low as a snake’s belly. He wasn’t playing in the youth team, they’d all been offered pros by Dave Byrne and Nathan was one of the players who wasn’t.
“I had a meeting with him, a heart to heart, and told him I’d give him a chance but he’d have to work with me. I always say he was one of the best one on one defenders I’ve ever worked with.
“He’s done fantastically well and is captain of the club now. As a family they’ve got great support from their parents and they’ve got a fantastic upbringing.
“Without giving them too much praise, they have done an awful lot from their own desire and commitment and sacrifices. They are good pros. I’m sure they’ll both go on to have very good careers.”
Though it’s been more than a year since Bodin cut his formal ties with Town, he still took great satisfaction from Louis’s move and the fact both players have become stalwarts of the Robins’ set-up.
“I take as much pride from them as their family and what they do. As coaches, as much as you’re doing your job, you take a lot of pride from seeing them in the first team,” he said.
“Whether they move on dictates how well they do but just to see them in the first team and come right through is great.
“Nathan now is playing in a totally different position to how we brought him up but he’s got a good understanding of the game and a good mentality to think ‘I’ll do whatever’s necessary.
“You’re proud when they make their debut, they’re lovely fellas and they’re a credit to their family as well.”