The young Frenchman Yannick Kamanan moved up to the reserves in season 2000-2001, after starting off in the Under-19's where he scored heavily. Stepping up a level, he showed good speed and the ability to hold up play while others came up to support him.
Signed from French side Le Mans, Kamanan was a willing worker, who looked to establish himself as a regular in the second team in season 2001-2002, but Yannick needed to work on converting a higher percentage of the chances that come his way, because as he moved up the ladder, defenders would have made it harder for him and his finishing should have made the most of chances that come along.
Playing in the pre-season friendly at Stevenage Borough in July 2001, he scored twice, showing that he was able to finish well and with more experience in the reserves and in training alongside Sheringham and Rebrov, this should have benefited his development.
However, it seemed that Yannick wanted to step up to the first team too soon and as he could not be guaranteed that place, he went on trial at Grimsby Town and then moved to France, where he knocked about with some sides before signing for Strasbourg and Dijon. In the summer of 2005, he signed with KV Oostende of the Belgian Second Division. Moved to Switzerland with FC Schaffhausen before ending up in Israel with Maccabi Harzilya and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Left in January 2009 to sign a two and a half year deal with Sivasspor in Turkey before moving on to play in Azerbaijan and then returning to France to see out his career at amateur club AS Aulnoye.