Newcastle signs former BRICKLAYER friends with Allan Saint-Maximin after a trial in which he scored a stunning bicycle kick in a training match … but Steve Bruce insists he is NOT giving the 23-year-old a deal to keep his star man happy
- Steve Bruce admits he has taken a ‘gamble’ with Newcastle’s new addition
- They have contracted Florent Indalecio, a friend of star player Allan Saint Maximin
- The French attacker was kicked out by St Etienne at the age of 15 for bad behavior
- Last year, he worked on a construction site while playing in Australia’s fourth tier
- Saint-Maximin brought his friend to Newcastle in the summer for a trial period
Steve Bruce says Newcastle is ‘taking a gamble’ after hiring a 23-year-old former bricklayer who is a friend of star player Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Magpies boss insists that Florent Indalecio was not contracted just because of his relationship with the winger, who transferred him to trial over the summer.
The French forward was kicked out by St Etienne at the age of 15 for bad behavior and moved to Australia last year, where he worked on a construction site while playing fourth-tier football. He also has a cancerous growth in his knee.
Newcastle has signed 23-year-old French striker Florent Indelacio after a successful trial
Indelacio, pictured with Adam Wilson, has gotten a deal through the end of the season
But after landing in Newcastle with Saint-Maximin and the club agreeing to a trial period, Indalecio got a deal this week until the end of the season.
Bruce said: ‘We decided to take a chance and see how he is doing this year.
He came to Allan for a trial in the summer. He came to the academy and they’ve had him for the past six weeks. He’s got something.
Whether that will ever be good enough to play for Newcastle, we’ll see how he develops. But we give him a chance, he has a solid pedigree. ‘
However, Bruce says Indalecio deserved his shot – his trial included a stunning overhead goal that was captured on camera.
“It sure helps Allan, it’s his buddy. But make no mistake, we didn’t just draw him because he’s Allan’s buddy, ”Bruce added. “He’s got a little talent or he won’t come in.”
Indelacio scored a stunning bicycle kick that was captured on camera during his trial
Indelacio is close friends with Allan Saint-Maximin, who has brought him over for trial
Indalecio, who will stay with Newcastle’s Under-23s, told the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘I love football, I play with passion. If Newcastle wants to sign me for free, I’ll play for free. It is not a problem. They will not regret signing me as I know I will help the team and I will try to do my best. ‘
And of his time in Australia, he said, “I’ve never spoken English. I learned English on a construction site with my boss and all the masons.
‘I just followed the boys, how they work, how they do the concrete mix, how they get the stones. Everyone helped me. It was very physical. I was f *****. My body was tired.
‘When I worked in Australia, when I was in France, and I see all my friends playing professionally and I worked in a factory, but today I’m a Newcastle player and I’m very proud.
‘It’s a very big club and a great opportunity for me, but I’ll start at the bottom. My goal is to play really well with Newcastle Under-23s to prove that I have the ability to play at a better level. ‘
Steve Bruce admits that he ‘took a bit of a gamble’ on the former mason