Never quite managing to breakthrough at Stoke City despite spending six years of his career there, Eddy Lecygne has now walked away from football, working in the public buildings and works sector.

Still only 22 years of age, the former midfielder sat down with Le Télégramme in France to talk about his ex-career as a professional footballer and explain his decision to return to a ‘normal’ life instead of continuing to kick a ball around elsewhere.

Recalling the Potters offering him a professional contract at 17 after two years on a youth deal, Lecygne stated he has no regrets over his time in the world of football.

He said: “It made me travel a lot. I’m bilingual, which is a huge plus in life. It taught me discipline, because they’re very focused on that in England”.

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Asked if he was disappointed that his time as a footballer ended so suddenly, the former Stoke player continued: “In the end, I was fed up with it, I didn’t have the desire… It’s true that I was so close to playing in the Premier League. I was always training with the first-team. I was loaned, I was this close to making it, so…”

Now back in Lamballe in Brittany, Lecygne revealed he ‘doesn’t miss the football atmosphere are all’, and is happy about his new career, which he enjoys a lot.

During his time at Stoke City, the player made 58 appearances for the reserves in Premier League 2, scoring one goal and picking up three assists. He also played once game for Doncaster in League One during a 27 minute loan cameo.