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Newcastle United sign Saint-Maximin’s bricklayer mate from Australia’s fourth division
October 24, 2020
A recommendation from Allan Saint-Maximin has seen Newcastle United sign his friend Florent Indalecio – a striker who last played in Australia’s fourth division.
Indalecio become friends with Saint-Maximin while the duo were in StEtienne’s youth academy, until the former was booted out at the age of 15 for disciplinary issues.
After moving to Australia last year, Indalecio worked as bricklayer and made two appearances for fourth-tier club Fraser Park until Covid-19 cut that stint short.
Following his return to Europe, Saint-Maximin organised a trial for Indalecio at St James Park, which the talented forward took with both hands after impressing Steve Bruce.
“We’ve decided to take a bit of a gamble and see how he gets on this year,” Bruce told reporters.
“He came over for a trial with Allan in the summer. He came into 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 forNewcastle, we’ll see how he develops.
“It certainly helps Allan, it’s his mate. But make no mistake, we haven’t just signed him because he’s Allan’s mate.
“He’s got a bit of talent, otherwise he wouldn’t be coming in.”
Late bloomer Indalecio was delighted to make a big step in his football career, recalling the recent times where was labouring Down Under.
“It’s a really big club and a great opportunity for me but I’m starting from the bottom,” Indalecio told SMH.
“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.