Florent Cuvelier is delighted to be back in the game with League Two Morecambe, after finding himself delivering pizzas for a living.
The former Belgium Under 21 international signed a short-term deal with Jim Bentley’s side last week, bringing to an end the uncertainty over his future.
Cuvelier played more than 20 games in League One with Walsall last season, but has been struggling to find a club for the current campaign. the former Stoke and Sheffield United man has been capped at all youth levels for his country, but he’s tumbled on hard times.
He’s now delighted to be given a chance at struggling Morecambe, who are firmly ensconced in the League Two relegation battle.
“It put things in perspective when you go from playing football professionally for 10 years and then you find yourself at the beginning of the season without a club or any income but the bills and the mortgage are still coming through,” he told BBC Lancashire. “You need to find a way of getting some money in and for me it was delivering pizzas.”
He’s now determined to pay Jim Bentley back on the pitch after being given another chance.
“I’ve spent all these weekends at home sat on my sofa thinking that if anyone gives me an opportunity they will not regret it. I want to get my career going again.”
This could be a shrewd move by Morecambe, or it could be the final knockings of a once promising career as it disappears into the National League and beyond.
It’ll be a tough task keeping Morecambe above the drop zone this season, but if he can capture some of the form that saw him capped by Belgium Under 21s, he might just be free of another stint at Dominos.