French favourite

Last Updated: 16/08/12 10:20am

You don't have to see him to know it's Jerome Guisset.

Just a few moments simply listening to that unique accent and you know it's him. It's an intriguing mixture of soft, southern French, colloquial Australian and northern England flat vowels; a mélange acquired in a peripatetic league career that's taken him around the world ending up back home in France.

For a lad brought up in a rugby union hotbed, his achievements in league have been outstanding. His career began with his home town club St Esteve, where he spent a few successful years, winning the senior championship twice.

Then, at the tender age of 17, he made the move Down Under to join the Canberra Raiders, becoming only the second Frenchman to play top-flight rugby league in Australia. It was within the walls of the Aussie changing rooms where he learned his English.

Super League fans know him better though as the fresh and exciting forward who joined the Wolves in 2000, landing in an icy Warrington from the summer sun of Australia. It was something of a culture shock but one he soon got used to, spending four years with the club.

In this week's Super League Super Men, he remembers his time at the club with great fondness, even though it was a tumultuous period for Warrington. In the interview clip here Jerome recalls the incidents which put a huge pressure on the players there, but concludes that those tough times strengthened the team and set them on the path to success.

He also recounts his unique journey in league, taking him from Warrington back to France to play rugby union and then - out of the blue - to Wigan Warriors.

For a young league lover growing up in France, Wigan were the most famous of all the clubs, and to play for them was an undoubted highlight of his career.

Another though has to be when he walked out at Wembley with the Catalans Dragons in 2007. It was an extraordinary achievement for the French club and a particularly proud one for Guisset.

He has packed his playing boots away now but is still an integral part of the success of the Dragons, continuing to have an influence there as assistant coach.

No other player in Super League has had a career quite like that of Jerome Guisset. And none will ever have an accent quite like his either.