PAOLO Di Canio has ruled out Billy Bodin leaving the club again on loan this season, and instead suggested that the young forward will be offered a new contract at Swindon.

The Wales Under-21 international scored his first-ever Town goal on Tuesday night in the 4-1 win over Southend and could be given the nod to start alongside Paul Benson in today’s game against Burton.

Earlier this week, Torquay boss Martin Ling said he would make one final call to see if he could take Bodin back to Plainmoor on loan for the remainder of the season.

But Di Canio has ruled that out and instead slapped a £250,000 price tag on Bodin to deter any potential suitors.

“They had their chance but now every club who asks about our players will have to spend money,” he told the Advertiser. “Billy Bodin will stay here, he has done well for us.

“If another club comes with a piece of paper asking for a loan, but then give us £250,000 at the end of the season, then we can consider this. Otherwise we do not give a gift to anyone.

“Billy will be with us until the end of the season.”

Bodin’s long-term future, however, is still up in the air, with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.

However, Di Canio is open to offering Bodin a new deal, should the Swindon youth team product want to accept it.

“Obviously we will have to consider this situation,” he added.

“We will not let him go free or maybe we will try to keep him here with a new contract if he will accept it and wants to stay.

“Even if Billy decides he wants to leave then he needs to do everything to help us to go up until the end of the season.

“If we go up and he becomes free and he doesn’t want to accept our contract then we will lose the player, but it is better for that to happen than give the player to a real contender to go up.”