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Newcastle United sign ‘bricklayer’ from Australia fourth division

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Florent Indalecio. The 23-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the club and he will play for the club’s U23 side. Indalecio is a good friend of Newcastle starlet Allan Saint-Maxim and the forward star recommended his club to complete the new signing. Indalecio’s last club was a club in the fourth division of Australia and he had recently been working as a bricklayer.

The 23-year-old signed for Fraser Park last summer but his period in Australia was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following his return to Europe, Saint-Maxim had organised a trial for his friend at Newcastle. The talented forward impressed manager Steve Bruce and the rest of the coaching staff enough to persuade them to offer him a short-term contract.

“It’s a really big club and a great opportunity for me but I’m starting from the bottom,” Indalecio told Sunday Morning Herald. “My objective is to play very well with Newcastle under-23s to prove I have the [ability] to play at a better level. I never spoke English before [when I was in Australia] – I just knew hello, how are you, thank you. And I learned English on a construction site with my boss and all the bricklayers.”

“I just followed the guys, how they work, how they do the [concrete] mix, how they take the bricks. Everyone helped me. Nobody [else] in Sydney wants to do labour for the bricklayers, because it’s one of the hardest jobs. It’s very physical. I was f—ed. My body was tired. When I was working in Australia, when I was in France, and I see all of my friends playing professionally and I was working in a factory … today I am a Newcastle player and I’m very proud.”

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