SHEFFIELD United have signed Haiti defender Jean-Francois Lescinel, the League One club confirmed last night.
Lescinel, who played under manager Danny Wilson at Swindon Town, becomes the 51-year-old’s first acquisition since taking charge at Bramall Lane in May.
The former Paris St Germain protégée has put pen to paper on a contract which ties him to South Yorkshire until the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
“Jean has got the character to play here,” said Wilson. “Coming to a bigger stage will, in my opinion, inspire him to do even better.
“He’ll feed off it.”
Having progressed through the ranks at the Parc de Princes, Lescinel enjoyed spells with Sedan, Falkirk and Guingamp before moving to the County Ground in 2009.
Wilson offered him a deal after being impressed with his performances during a reserve fixture and he went on to make 65 appearances in Wiltshire.
Lescinel, who was actually born in South America, is scheduled to link up with his new team-mates when they report back for duty at the end of the month.
His arrival means Wilson is unlikely to pursue any interest in Joe Mattock.
The West Bromwich Albion youngster, who finished last term on loan with United after being recruited by Micky Adams, was a member of the squad which was relegated from the Championship in April. Brighton and Hove Albion are believed to be monitoring his situation at The Hawthorns.
“Jean can play left-back or centre-half,” Wilson added. “He’s versatile and can cover both of those positions.
“Jean has got a great left foot, he’s a very good athlete and is nice and aggressive on the pitch. He’s also a good character to have around and that’s important.
“Perhaps the only thing he’s lacked in the past is a little bit of consistency, but that will come.” Blades: P45