Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League
Published 12th August 2011
....than 100 appearances for no less than sixteen clubs over the past fourteen years.
Wingman Jeanne, 30, first came to prominence at Queens Park Rangers, where he made his debut in February 1999 against Watford, but problems quickly began to arise when he disappeared for over a week when he was meant to be reporting for Wales Under-21 duty. However, Rangers' boss Gerry Francis revealed that it was not the first time the youngster had gone missing and that Jeanne was on his last chance at the club after being arrested for drink driving the previous year. He left QPR in 2001 to sign for his home-town club Cardiff City who hoped to curb his disciplinary problems only for them to spiral out of control during his time at Ninian Park. Just a few weeks after joining the Bleubirds, he tested positive for a class A drug and was handed a two-year suspended sentence by the Football Association of Wales. He started to show his quality with two appearances for the first team after the ruling but at the end of the season yet another situation arose. In May 2002 Jeanne was selected for random drugs testing but, when the results were returned, they showed that the sample Jeanne had submitted was not urine. He refused to provide a second sample which led to Cardiff terminating his contract and he left the club. After his release from Cardiff he attempted a comeback with Havant & Waterlooville in a pre-season friendly against Barry Town but was withdrawn from playing after officials at Barry questioned if he was allowed to play, at which point it was revealed that he was banned from playing football.
Jeanne was allowed to resume playing a short while later and enjoyed a prosperous spell at Port Talbot Town but yet again he was involved in a scandal. In September 2002 he was arrested, along with two other men, on suspicion of dealing class A drugs. During the court case he revealed that he had been a cocaine addict but, eventually, he and the other two men were cleared of all charges. After the case ended he returned to football with Newport County followed by spells at Dinas Powys, Barry and Maesteg Park. Shortly after joining amateur side Carpenters Arms, Jeanne was arrested on suspicion in July 2009 on suspicion of money-laundering after a police raid on his home. Jeanne featured in two pre-season friendlies for Conference South side Weston-super-Mare before signing on non-contract terms, making his debut on the opening day of the season in a defeat to Staines Town. However, he was released the following month due to a lack of fitness. A move to Cardiff Corinthians was followed by a switch to Conference National side Bath City along with a dual registration at Cinderford Town, where he spent the majority of the 2010/11 season. Hopes of resurrecting his professional career with Brighton & Hove Albion in June were dashed and he appeared in pre-season games for Lido, scoring several times. Also arriving at the Marstons' Stadium is Stephen Pockett, a wingman who is re-united with his former Neath boss Andy Dyer. Capped by Wales at youth level and with Port Talbot Town and Cardiff City before becoming a member of the Skewen Athletic side that won the Welsh league in 2003/04, Pockett was a fairly regular member of the Neath side until a loan move to Carmarthen in January 2011. Recalled to The Gnoll in April he was one of a clutch of players released in June following Dyer's dismissal.