|Valois, Jean Louis|
|Written by Warren|
|Thursday, 01 September 2011|
Name: Jean Louis Valois
Date Of Birth:October 15th 1973
Place Of Birth:Saint-Priest
Clubs:Saint-Priest, Lyon Duchère, Auxerre, Gueugnon, Lille, Luton Town, Heart of Midlothian, Almería, Clyde, Burnley, Al Khaleej, Al-Nasr
Burnley Fee: Loan Deal
Signed By Steve Cotterill
Burnley Debut: 11th Sept 2004, Crewe Alexandra (H) W 3-0
Last Game For Burnley: 30th April 2005, Plymouth Argyle (H) W 2-0
Claret Stats: 23(14) Appearances, 4 Goals
Claret Honours: None
International Honours: None
Claret Stat: Valois began his professional career under the tutelage of renowned coach Guy Roux at AJ Auxerre but was unable to command a first-team position in Burgundy, and opted for a move to Ligue 2 side Gueugnon in 1997. Three years later he moved north to join Lille Olympique before crossing the English Channel in September 2001, when he signed for League Two side Luton Town.
Valois enjoyed an impressive 2001–02 season with the Hatters, helping them to clinch promotion - one highlight being his debut game at Kenilworth Road, a 5-1 victory over Torquay United. Displaying immense skill, flair & ability far and above the English third division, Jean Louis netted a 30 yard strike into the top corner in one of the finest ever Luton Town debuts. Further spectacular goals followed that season against Leyton Orient and Hartlepool. However, a dispute with manager Joe Kinnear saw him leave for SPL side Hearts in August 2002 on a free transfer. An explosive start saw him named Man of the Match on his Tynecastle debut, a 5–1 defeat of city-rivals Hibernian, despite fellow debutant Mark de Vries scoring 4 goals. Valois maintained this form during the remainder of the 2002–03 season as Hearts achieved European qualification, however an indifferent period in early 2003–04 led to his release in January 2004.
Spain was Valois' next port of call, although when his 6-month contract with UD Almería was not renewed in the summer of 2004 the mercurial Frenchmen returned to Britain. After a month with Clyde, where he scored once in the Scottish Challenge Cup against Stranraer, he signed for Championship side Burnley in September, with whom he stayed until May 2005.
After leaving Burnley, Jean-Louis made the move to the United Arab Emirates and a lucrative contract with UAE Second Division side Al-Khaleej. Departing in June 2006, Jean-Louis joined Al Nasr – which he left in June 2007.
On 23rd August 2011 at the age of 37, Jean-Louis turned out for Cheltenham Town's reserve team in a match at Coventry City. It was confirmed by the club that he was just training and would not be offered a deal
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