Finally the arrival of the American winger will not be for AS Niort, the administrative problems are still not resolved. “Reluctantly, we had to make a decision quickly”, confirmed this week the president Ludovic Bourguignon. So the phones heated up for several days, and finally an agreement was reached with an experienced French winger: Fabien Bondron.
Originally from Massy, in the Paris region, where he will discover basketball, before continuing in the young teams of Levallois, Fabien Bondron, 29, has already moved around a lot in France, taking advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves to him. Trained in Nancy, he will notably evolve in Le Havre, Auch (N3), Valence (N2), Tarbes (N1) “all this in two years”remembers the winger.
A progression that he will confirm on the floors of Nationale 1, in Lorient, at La Charité, in Challans and finally in Toulouse, before being seduced by the Niortais project. “I wanted to be in the region, I had the coach last week, my agent told me good things about this team. The Niort coach told me about their ambitions, I liked it”explains Fabien Bondron.
A welcome experience
Good news, the solid 1.92m player arrives qualified to play and physically ready, after training for… Rezé, AS Niort’s opponent this Saturday, October 8th. “La Nationale 2 is going up little by little, especially our pool. All the teams, or almost, have been reinforced. All matches should be complicated, every week can have its share of surprises.confirms Fabien Bondron, who had already met his new teammate, William Yrius, at Challans.
An inevitably welcome arrival for Laurent Hay who longs to have a full workforce, and in working order, especially since Boubacar Sidibé, hit in the knee, must forfeit. “I hope that Fabien will be able to bring us more right away. We do not create a collective in a few days, but it is a player who will bring us his experience, indicates the Niortais coach. He looks like the profile of the American player we wanted to recruit. He is in shape. I am very happy to welcome him, both physically and humanly, it is an added value for us. He will bring us percussion, rebound, he will be complementary to Geoffrey (Diancourt) and Quentin (Moretto). I can’t wait now for us to be complete and ready to show who we are… All the same, it will take a little more time for the chemistry to be created. »
Relieved of a first victory won in pain, and in front of an audience loyal to Barra, the Ducks have the opportunity to double the bet in Loire-Atlantique, in Rezé. “Against Castelnau, we weren’t always brilliant but we went to the end of ourselves to sign a first victory (61-59). Rezé will be another complicated team to play, but we will have to go for this victory away from home.”, announces Laurent Hay. Fabien Bondron will be there.
The Niort group: Macé, Moretto, Gara, Zami, Diancourt, Merceron, Seydi, Yrius, Bondron.