BILLY Bodin hopes to agree a new contract with Oxford United in the coming weeks after positive discussions about his future.

The forward has been in great form in 2022 and scored a crucial late winner against MK Dons on Tuesday, his second goal in as many matches.

Bodin only signed a one-year deal when he arrived last summer, following his release from Sky Bet Championship outfit Preston North End.

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The 30-year-old is enjoying life at United and revealed both he and the club are keen for him to stay beyond the end of the campaign.

Bodin said: “I’ve said I’d love to stay, I’ve told the manager and he wants me to stay.

“I think it’s just about sorting something out in the next couple of weeks and hopefully that will happen.”

Bodin has played a large part in maintaining United’s Sky Bet League One play-off challenge in the last seven days.

The former Bristol Rovers man scored in a 3-2 victory at Fleetwood Town on Good Friday, before coming off the bench to bag an 86th-minute winner in Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph over third-placed MK Dons.

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With five goals and four assists in his last 12 matches, Bodin has had a productive 2022 after he was restricted to only 11 appearances before the turn of the year.

Injury issues meant he played just 44 times in three and a half seasons at Preston, so the one-time Wales international is not taking regular football for granted.

He said: “Even in pre-season when I came in I really enjoyed it.

“I got an illness and a little niggle and that stopped me playing, which is what you enjoy most.

“Since I’ve been in the team and playing well it’s gone up a notch.

“I’ve missed playing every week for probably two years, so to be getting a decent run has been great for me.

“I still feel like I can do more in this team.”

Bodin has been deployed in several roles in the last three months including behind the strikers, up front with former Rovers teammate Matty Taylor and most recently in a midfield three.

Wherever he plays, the forward says it has been easy to fit in at United.

Bodin said: “I feel like it’s a team that really suits me, I said that when I signed.

“The lads are great off and on the pitch, it’s something I’m really looking forward to if I stay next year.”

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Earlier this month, Karl Robinson name-checked the forward when speaking about the players he wants to retain this summer.

United’s head coach also mentioned out of contract trio Mark Sykes, Elliott Moore and Sam Baldock, as well as Barnsley loanee Herbie Kane.

He said: “I and the ownership have made it very clear that we’d like to keep every player we possibly can that’s around the building and playing.

“People talk about Sykesy, Elliott, Herbie, Sam Baldock and Bodes, I’d like them all here next year if the price is right.”