It was a smile that had been some time in coming - January signing Rémi Oudin had had to wait until his fifth appearance for Bordeaux before finding the net for his new club.
After scoring in the 2-1 win at Metz the January signing from Reims told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS: "It was the goal I'd been waiting for. I wanted to open my account with the Girondins. And it was even better as I did it near my home, in front of my family, so it's ideal."
While his family hails from the Metz region, Oudin's football education began in Reims. It was there in 2018 - aged just 21 - he picked up his first major medal as he helped the side win Ligue 2 and gain promotion to the top flight. Last season's tally of ten goals in 37 matches brought interest from Fiorentina - that move fell through in the summer, leaving the door open for Bordeaux in January.
Oudin said: "It's true that the middle of the season is not really the best time to move, but I had no doubts. I was very warmly welcomed here. I think that enabled me to hit the ground running. I don't regret leaving in mid-season. For me and for my progress, I had to leave Reims, whether it be now or the end of the season. Now it's done and it's time for me to move on and grow up."
Oudin has certainly slotted easily into the 4-2-3-1 formation put in place by boss Paulo Sousa, connecting promisingly with Nicolas de Préville and Hwang Ui-Jo in support of veteran front man Jimmy '99 Ligue 1 goals' Briand or the up-and-coming Josh Maja.
"We're starting to build an understanding"
Oudin explained: "I knew Nico [De Préville] at the front of the attack. With Jimmy [Briand], Ui Jo [Hwang], Josh [Maja] or any other player, we're starting to build an understanding, because they're quality players. They feel football, and we know how to find each other on the pitch."
While he learns from his experienced teammates, Oudin is also picking up a lot from Sousa, a top-class player in his time with the likes of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund: "Since I arrived, I have felt he's a really good coach who knows football and I think working with him is going to help me improve and take a step up."