Fresh start for Aliadiere
French forward looking forward to life in Ligue 1
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: July 15, 2011 10:46am
Aliadiere: Has rediscovered his passion for the game following a spell on the sidelines
Jeremie Aliadiere is looking forward to experiencing French football for the first time in his career.
The former Arsenal forward was lured away from his homeland while still in his teens, with the opportunity to join the Gunners' academy system too good to turn down.
Having struggled to find regular football with Arsenal, Aliadiere has gone on to take in loan spells at Wolves, Celtic and West Ham and spent three years on the books at Middlesbrough.
He saw the 2010/11 wiped out by a serious knee injury suffered shortly after becoming a free agent, but has been able to secure employment for the forthcoming campaign.
Ligue 1 outfit Lorient have offered him a route back into football and the 28-year-old admits he cannot wait to get started.
"I am starting again from scratch," Aliadiere told L'Equipe.
"I want to find fun again at a club that plays good football.
"Lorient was the perfect opportunity for me because I always wanted to come back to France at some stage of my career.
"France feels new to me now though. I have never played here. I feel like a stranger because my wife is English and my daughter was born there."
Aliadiere has rediscovered his passion for the game, but admits he came close to turning his back on football last year.
He added: "After picking up the injury during a trial at West Ham, I didn't know if I wanted to recover and come back.
"It was the most difficult season I have ever experienced.
"But that is now in the past and I am happy that it is all over and I can look to the future."