Zachary Brault-Guillard: "I want to go as far as possible"
Your path to football was somewhat atypical. Could you tell us about it?
I originally played rugby in Paris and Ambérieu-en-Bugey. I'm from Canada, so it's the closest thing to American football. I then decided to switch to football, beginning in Lagnieu from U11 to U13. The reason for the switch? I watched more football on TV, my friends were members of clubs and we played during recess... My first coach supported me a lot, he got me started. OL spotted me at the U13 level. Unfortunately distance was an issue, so I trained with OL during the week and played with Ain-South on the weekends... Last year I signed my first pro contract ... it's wonderful. Now it's up to me to do everything to go as far as possible.
How would you describe the reception you've had?
It was a very good welcome. Honestly, I was put straight to work: training, professionalism and organization - everything that represents OL. When I arrived, I quickly made friends. Today, Houssem Aouar is still here. Timothée Cognat left him on loan and Anthony Racioppi arrived a little later.
This season there's a new staff and new responsibilities for you...
The new staff, with their experience, have a deeper educational background, more on the human aspect with lots of work, intensity. They want us to have a winning state of mind. My eyes are wide open. I'm repeating as captain, like I did with the U19 under Cris, in the league and in the Youth League. It was a very beautiful experience. Now it's up to me to take the reins of the Pro 2 squad... There is competition, we must respect the coach's choices. We are targeting the top spots, these are the goals at OL.
What are your personal goals?
I want to establish myself as an unquestioned starter in the Pro 2 squad. Then, little by little make the leap to the first team: train with them, be on the bench or even on the pitch. Long term, I want to succeed at my job and have a good career.