LECSINEL Jean-Francois, Sheffield United’s new full-back, has described the chance to play at Bramall Lane as “a dream come true”.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Doncaster Rovers - the League One club’s first home fixture of the pre-season campaign - the Haiti international admitted he is desperate to sample the atmosphere inside the stadium after arriving last month.
“The ground looks absolutely brilliant,” he said. “I can’t wait to get out there on the pitch because everyone has told me about the noise the fans can create.
“I don’t care what the game is, I think being out on the pitch at such a place should inspire you to do well and to improve.
“Coming to this club is like a dream come true and opportunity that, when it arose, I really could not turn down.”
Jean-Francois proved a huge hit with United’s travelling supporters during the recent tour of Malta.
Previously under manager Danny Wilson’s tutelage at Swindon Town, he added: “I am delighted to be here because it is a chance for me to be at a big club that’s is expected to be higher up and is capable of doing that.
“But nothing is certain in this game and we must work hard, all of us, to make sure that happens. Nobody just gives you anything.”
Jean-Francois confirmed Wilson’s presence was another factor behind his decision to join United.
“Mr Wilson gave me a chance in English football and that’s something I am grateful for,” he said, soon after rejecting a new deal at the County Ground.
“I know the manager very well and I know how good he is. That fact that I know what his methods are will, hopefully, help me to settle in more quickly than might otherwise be the case.”
United’s preparations for the match take place against a backdrop of uncertainty surrounding Ched Evans’ future after Ipswich Town confirmed they want to take the Wales striker to Portman Road.
With at least two other Championship clubs known to be interested in acquiring Evans’ services, United are hopeful of concluding a transfer with the next seven days.
Although Paul Jewell, Wilson’s counterpart in Suffolk, insisted he has yet to table a formal offer for Evans, Ipswich are understood to have been informed what it would cost to sign the centre-forward.
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