Gael Fickou will be double jobbing following the World Cup in Japan as the Stade Francais midfielder had curiously agreed to become the new president of Federal 2 club US Seynoise in his native La Seyne-sur-Mer.
The 25-year-old, who has 45 caps and played in four of France’s recent 2019 Six Nations matches, is admirably keen to re-attach himself to his rugby roots.
Having grown up playing for US Seynoise before making his professional level breakthrough at Toulouse, Fickou is embarking on the novel adventure with his older brother Jeremie, who played for the club at prop and will be co-president as they attempt to climb back up the French pyramid system following their recent relegation.
“I feel indebted to the USS for what it has allowed me to become today,” explained the Stade centre, whose desire to take on this type of administrative role is a first in France for someone who is still playing professionally.
“I am committed to investing much more than my role as ambassador. Paris is only an hour away by plane and today’s communication tools allow you to be seen or heard easily wherever you are,” he explained in Midi Olympique.
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— Midi Olympique (@midi_olympique) May 16, 2019
“It is also my brother Jeremie who will be the relay to ensure the implementation of the project, and who will be the prime contractor through the team he will set up.”
His 29-year-old brother, a textiles company manager, told Var-matin: “We will build even stronger bases to go back to Federal 1. We want to redo La Seyne as an attractive club in terms of its supporters and results.
Un nouveau président pour le club de rugby de La Seyne, Festival de Cannes, Chef étoilé: voici votre brief info de ce lundi après-midi via @var_matin https://t.co/W6mNov8b2V pic.twitter.com/6yCi19hZMI
— Var-matin (@Var_Matin) May 13, 2019
“We will make changes in the operation of the club as well as in the enclosure of the Marquet stadium. We must learn from what works elsewhere, such as Blagnac, which is an example for us.
“The club deserves to evolve at the highest amateur level, on a social level, to continue to carry out actions in the heart of the city and on an economic level.”
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