Newcastle recently announced the signing of Florent Indalecio on a deal until the end of the season, and there’s a pretty astonishing fact about him which the player himself recently revealed.
The Frenchman, who was brought along to a trial by Allan Saint-Maximin, did enough in his audition to secure a short-term contract where he will hope to see his football career take flight at 23 years of age.
Steve Bruce has already commented on the forward who will join Chris Hogg’s Under-23 side.
The Chronicle quote him as saying: ‘He’s going to be with the academy and see how he develops. He’s got a bit of talent.’
Amazingly, what some supporters might not know is the fact that Indalecio worked 16 hours a day as recently as last year.
In an interview with Actufoot, the attacker reveals he was working on an Australian construction site in 2019, having arrived down under in April.
He said: ‘I didn’t really know what to do, I didn’t have a club anymore. A friend went to Australia to work in construction in the building. I joined him, it was not easy. I arrived last April.’
In a more recent chat with Newcastle’s official site, the Magpies’ latest signing revealed that he used to work two jobs, with his first shirt starting at 7am and ending at 3pm.
Indalecio would then go back to his apartment, shower, and then start another shift at 6pm until 2am, meaning he worked a remarkable 16 hours a day.
He said: ‘It was very tough because I would do that job first, then after to make more money and live better I had a second labouring job. The first one would be from 7am to 3pm. I would go back to my apartment, take a shower and then work at 6pm until 2am.’
The former AS Saint-Etienne man has certainly put the hard graft in, and for his sake, we hope he can grasp his opportunity at St James’ Park with both hands.