THE motto of Cayenne, capital of French Guyana, reads: “Work brings wealth.”
It is a theory to which Jean-Francois Lescinel, Sheffield United’s latest new signing, readily subscribes.
“I don’t like to take anything for granted and I’m always looking to try and improve,” he told The Star last night. “Every time I train, every game I play, I always want to try and find things that I could have done or could be doing better.”
It is that attention to detail which persuaded Danny Wilson to make the defender his first acquisition since taking charge at Bramall Lane nearly a month ago.
Having worked with Lescinel at Swindon Town, the United manager quickly stepped into the breach with the offer of a two-year contract when his deal at the County Ground expired.
Lescinel, speaking from mainland Europe, revealed the opportunity of joining Wilson in South Yorkshire was simply too good to turn down.
“I believe in Mr Wilson and I have the utmost respect for him. He showed belief in me by giving me my chance in English football and I have always tried to repay him for that,” he said.
“I know what he likes and how he likes to go about his business so hopefully that will help me settle in very quickly.
“I have the greatest of respect for Swindon and the directors there too. But I am sure they will accept that coming to Sheffield United was just something that was impossible to say ‘no’ too.”
Lescinel, who was born in the South American state to Haitian parents, progressed through the ranks at Paris St Germain before spells with CS Sedan and Falkirk in Scotland.
He returned to France, where he moved aged six, at Guingamp before catching Wilson’s eye after appearing on trial for Swindon reserves in January 2009.
“I am pleased to be working for him again but I am just as excited about representing Sheffield United,” Lescinel, now 24, said. “I am looking forward to challenging for a place with very good players and at a very, very good club.
“It is a great chance for me and one that I plan to take. Coming here will improve me as a player.
“It is a chance to do all of that and also, hopefully, challenge for promotion.”
Lescinel, described by Wilson as “a tremendous athlete and character”, is not motivated entirely by self-fulfilment though. The sacrifices made by his mother and father, combined with recent events in his ancestral homeland, have left an impression.
“My parents left Haiti to look for work because things are very hard there,” Lescinel said. “They always wanted the very best for their family and were never prepared to settle for what they had.
“It is something I will never forget. I’m always looking to do better and to provide for my own little family now.”
Although primarly deployed on the left hand side of a back four, Lescinel will also be asked to provide cover at centre-half as Wilson looks to reduce United’s reliance on short-term purchases and loans.