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Blades newcomer wants to help put smiles back on faces of Lane faithful

Sheffield United Player in Pre season Traing at their Shirecliffe Traing camp.
Mark Yeates  with New Blade Lescinel Jean Francois

Sheffield United Player in Pre season Traing at their Shirecliffe Traing camp. Mark Yeates with New Blade Lescinel Jean Francois

THERE will certainly be a first for Sheffield United when Lecsinel Jean-Francois makes his Blades debut - the first Haiti international to don the red and white stripes!

THERE will certainly be a first for Sheffield United when Lecsinel Jean-Francois makes his Blades debut - the first Haiti international to don the red and white stripes!

He qualifies because his parents are from Haiti, a country devastated by last year’s disastrous earthquake, the aftermath of which puts football, and suffering relegation, into some perspective.

But the 24-year-old defender certainly could have been talking about the people from his parents’ homeland when he outlined his hopes for United’s followers as he gets stuck into pre-season training with his new teammates.

“I want to make the fans happy, I want to make the fans proud, I want them to enjoy winning,” said the man who Danny Wilson made his first signing.

His contract was up at Swindon at the end of last season and Wilson, once ensconced at the Lane, acted quickly to bring him in on a two-year deal.

There is certainly no doubt about the big defender’s delight in being at Bramall Lane and teaming up with his former boss again.

“I am really delighted to be here and have been glad to get into the club, with my new teammates,” smiled Jean-Francois.

“The people at the club and here in Sheffield have been very nice, very friendly and helpful and that has helped me settle down.”

Certainly he doesn’t mind settling in “somewhere else” - this is a footballer who, in just a few years, has gone from France to Scotland back to France and then to Swindon before now de-camping in South Yorkshire.

“That is all part of being a footballer,” said the 24-year-old. “Moving around happens in football and we have to deal with that.”

He began as a central midfielder as a 13-year-old in the Academy at Paris St Germain. A few years later, during a reserve-team game, the coach asked him to drop back into defence and he has remained there ever since,

He plays left-back or centre defence and describes himself as a “footballing defender” and is looking forward to working again with his former manager who espouses a footballing philosophy.

One thing the club have cleared up is confusion over his name as various information platforms and previous reports suggested both Lescinel Jean-Francois and also Jean-Francois Lescinel. One can understand why there might be some name confusion!

When he does run out it will be Jean-Francois on the back of the shirt. And they also discovered the christian name needed correcting as well. It is Lecsinel.

 

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