Toulouse FC is hoping for an eventual return to the top flight of French football, with the official signing of Jamaican left-winger Junior Flemmings on Wednesday (January 5).
Toulouse, currently second in France Ligue 2 division behind leaders Ajaccio FC, welcomed the 25-year-old—who parted ways with Alabama-based Birmingham Legion FC in December—with open arms as its newest winter signing.
The Reggae Boy now dons a number 20 jersey for the Pink City.
According to Birmingham Legion FC, it reached an agreement with Toulouse FC for Flemmings’ transfer. The official value of the transaction is yet to be disclosed, pending league and federation approval.
Flemmings, a former Jamaica College and New York Red Bulls star, was sought out by club president Damien Comolli to bring a fresh, new direction to Toulouse FC after last year’s footballing exploits.
“Junior Flemmings is a player that we have been following regularly for a year. With the agreement of his club, we met several times a few months ago, including during a visit from Junior to Toulouse, and we spoke a lot with him about his previous experiences, the different stages of his career and on its course,” Comolli said in a statement.
“We not only met a passionate, professional, ambitious and determined player. But also a player who carries the human qualities of work and humility dear to the club, like our previous recruits. His attacking profile allows him to evolve in several positions. Through his power, speed, explosiveness and sense of finish, Junior has all the sporting qualities to win in French football,” he added.
Recognising the professional mistakes he has made, Flemmings said he’s moving forward athletically and holistically as a role model.
“After having sometimes known more complicated moments in my career, which could have shocked or have repercussions. I have always regretted my mistakes, but they have allowed me to grow as a man, and to achieve, as a footballer, the role model I want to be in the eyes of supporters and children. This is what I aspire to, and what I will continue to work for,” Flemmings remarked.
After dominating schoolboy football with Jamaica College, Flemmings trained with Tivoli Gardens FC, before discovering the American championship under the colours of New York Red Bulls.
The Reggae Boy has since played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Phoenix Rising FC and Birmingham Legion FC in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship.
The Jamaican international striker scored 60 goals and provided 27 assists in 149 professional games.
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