Se­jean fol­lows foot­ball for­tunes in Paraguay

Geelong Advertiser - - SOCCER - RYAN REYNOLDS FRIDAYAY APRIL 28 2017

FOR­MER Gee­long soc­cer player Lelo Se­jean has signed for Paraguayan out­fit Sol del Este.

The 26-year-old winger, who has played with North Gee­long, Surf Coast and Rangers, joined the Primera Divi­sion B Na­cional club this week and will split his time be­tween Sol de Este and the lo­cal state league, the Liga Paranaense.

Se­jean, who first moved to Ar­gentina as an 18-year-old, said he had to work hard to get a foothold in South Amer­i­can foot­ball.

“South Amer­ica is gen­er­ally a very com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. From first to fourth divi­sion, there are all of these trans­fers hap­pen­ing, player move­ments, and it’s great,” Se­jean said.

“But be­ing Aus­tralian, I’ve al­ways had to think of ways to stand out and con­vince clubs and agents I’m worth the risk.

“Some­times I’ve had to go to ex­treme mea­sures like send­ing in videos of me do­ing hun­dreds of ac­cu­rate cor­ners, jug­gling, free kicks into crates and things, just to get their at­ten­tion.”

Se­jean has also spent time at Sportivo Ameliano in the Paraguayan city of Asun­cion.

The tal­ented at­tack­ing out­let has split his time be­tween Aus­tralia and South Amer­ica re­cently, spend­ing time train­ing and tri­alling in hope of get­ting a con­tract.

“The game is such a huge part of the cul­ture here. It comes first for them, be­fore food,” he said.

Se­jean said he would work closely with Sol de Este’s coach Vic­tor Pinto.

“I spend a lot of time with my coach. I am also his as­sis­tant for the youth teams at Sol Del Este,” he said.

“He has a lit­tle soc­cer pitch in his back yard, so some­times we’ll have small early morn­ing train­ing ses­sions at his house.”

Sol del Este coach Vic­tor Pinto with Lelo Se­jean (right).

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