Mickael Antoine-Curier has a cv longer than some novels and has visited more countries than the late Alan Whicker but there is something about Hamilton Academical that keeps bringing the striker back to Scotland. On Tuesday night on the occasion of his third 'debut' for the club, the French-born Guadeloupe internationalist scored the only goal as Alex Neil's side knocked Kilmarnock out of the League Cup.
Antoine-Curier is 30 years old now and has played in places as diverse as Norway, Cyprus, Malaysia and latterly Kazakhstan. There have been mixed experiences. Playing for Felda United in Malaysia was a dream - "I would live there the rest of my life if I could" - while his time at Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus was cut short due to financial difficulties. "One week before the season started the chairman had a problem with the police and had to go to jail," he revealed.
That was nothing compared to a nightmarish four months in with FC Atyrau in Kazakhstan. Racially abused wherever he went, the player has vowed never to set foot in the country again. "I had a really bad experience - racism to the max," he said. "I never want to go to that country ever again. That experience was the worst I've ever had and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.
"It wasn't just the away fans, there was racism from everybody. Some of our fans contacted the chairman and told him they didn't want black players in the team. I was also told I could get an apartment and when I got there the owner said, "no, he can't have it, I didn't know he was black". So I didn't have a house and ended up stuck in a room 15 metres square. I was called a monkey, people spat at me and there were bananas thrown on the pitch. It was the worst four months of my life."
A call from Neil, his former team-mate and now Hamilton player-manager, has brought him back to Scotland. He has returned at a good time. Hamilton are top of the SPFL Championship after winning their first three matches, and await their opponents in today's third round draw of the League Cup after their win at Rugby Park on Tuesday.
The forward, who also played for Dundee and Hibernian, feels content just to be a part of it. "The manager showed confidence in me by letting me start on Tuesday. I was surprised but happy about that but I think I repaid him by scoring the goal. We are a Championship side but we just went to Kilmarnock and tried to enjoy our football. I think this shows if we can get back to the Premiership we can do our thing there as well.
"I'm happy that Alex called me. He has that belief in me that I can score goals anytime and anywhere. I'm not 100% as that was my first game since June but I'm enjoying my football. This is the beginning and I want to do well for Hamilton, the fans, the manager and the lads. I want to have a smile on my face."