Chris Todd returns to Forest Green to press his claims
DEFENDER Chris Todd has returned to the Forest Green ranks after completing an impressive month-long loan spell at Hereford United.
Todd joined the Bulls on October 8 and completed seven unbeaten matches, including Saturday's 2-1 win at Wrexham in which he scored the first goal.
Rovers boss Dave Hockaday admits the Welshman's claims for more regular football at the New Lawn will be tough to ignore, despite the Nailsworth side's resurgence to third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
He said: "Jamie Turley still has two matches of his ban to serve and the two centre-halves (Aarran Racine and Eddie Oshodi) have been having one or two little niggles, so Toddy has come back.
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"He's done us a great service by scoring against Wrexham and he'll come back and go right in the mix.
"We've got Barrow away next week, and if you need to put somebody on to go and head the ball then Toddy is the man.
"He's had six (league) games and it's been a great month's loan for us and for him."
Hockaday's men demolished Stockport County 4-1 at the New Lawn to cut the gap between themselves and leaders Newport County to three points.
Yan Klukowski opened the scoring and set up two further goals as the hosts led 3-0 inside 25 minutes, and the Forest Green manager felt the result was a significant one as the season enters a new, less frenetic phase.
Hockaday said: "It's another great performance and a great result because they (Stockport) are a very dangerous team.
"They are big and strong and good at set plays, and they had been on a good run over the last ten games.
"We deserved to win, although I would have liked to get the fourth goal sooner and I wasn't happy with the penalty awarded against us.
"Now the league just eases down for a few weeks, when it's Saturday to Saturday, so games become even more important.
"Lose a game and you've got seven days to dwell on it, rather than another game on Tuesday to try and put things right. So it was important we got a positive result.
"We just need to keep on nailing the basics, and when we do that we look a good team."