Loan move could help Todd's first-team hopes
DEFENDER Chris Todd is set to head out of Forest Green on loan – though not before tonight's televised match against Lincoln City at the New Lawn (7.45pm).
The Welsh defender has made only two Blue Square Bet Premier appearances since arriving at the New Lawn in May 2011, a ruptured hamstring and a red card summing up a miserable debut campaign for the club.
This season Todd had high hopes of establishing himself, but the outstanding form of the team – who can go back to the top of the table with three points this evening – has restricted him to a watching brief.
Keeping his frustrations in perspective is no problem for the inspirational 31-year-old, who overcame leukaemia in 2008.
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But he is desperate to get back playing again, and accepts that a move elsewhere might be the only route back into Dave Hockaday's first-team plans.
Todd said: "I've spoken to the gaffer and we've got a reserve game on Monday, so I'll get another 90 minutes under my belt and then sit down and have another chat.
"I need to be playing now and it's going to be difficult for me, with Jamie (Turley) and Eddie (Oshodi) doing so well and a full squad to choose from.
"Hopefully we can sort something out where I go on loan. I picked up a bit of a hip problem in pre-season but I've been fit for a few weeks now."
Todd has twice won promotion from the Conference while with Exeter City and Torquay United, so is better placed than most to assess Rovers' chances of following suit.
Dominant performances in back-to-back wins at Macclesfield Town and Hereford United in the past week suggested they are the real deal, but the former Swansea City man has stressed the need not to get preoccupied by league position.
"This stage of the season is more about gathering points than league position, although it's obviously nice to be top," said Todd.
"You don't win anything in October, but if you're there or thereabouts come Christmas time you can make a push for promotion in the new year."
Off the field, Todd continues to give hope to people affected by cancer and leukaemia by taking part in high-profile charity events.
His latest venture is being part of a choir called The Big C, whose performance at the Royal Albert Hall will be shown on Channel 4 on October 15.