Forest Green sign Newport defender Chris Todd

Chris Todd

Todd has battled back from leukaemia to return to football

Forest Green have signed Newport County defender Chris Todd on a two-year-deal.

The 29-year-old played more than 60 games for hometown club Swansea City before spells with Exeter City and Torquay United.

He helped Torquay to promotion back into the Football League via the play-offs in 2009.

"I parted company with Newport on good terms but I am now excited by the challenge of helping Forest Green improve on last season," said Todd.

"With the talent in the squad and with a few more experienced additions we will aim for a halfway finish or possibly sneak into a play-off position."

In addition to landing Todd, manager Dave Hockaday has agreed fresh terms with Scott Bartlett, Wayne Turk and Callum Henry.

"Chris Todd is a warrior and leader and major coup for this club," he said.

"I am delighted to have such an experienced player on board to help my talented bunch of young players."

Todd has fought back from being diagnosed with leukaemia in late 2008 to return to the game.

"Thankfully I am in remission now and I feel 10 years younger," he added.

"It puts everything into perspective and I live every day to the max now."