New Southampton left-back Jelle van Damme is looking forward to testing himself in the Premiership.
van Damme is eager to make a big impression at Southampton
The 20-year-old Belgian joined Saints from Ajax for a fee of around £2.5m.
He said: "I like the style of the game here. It is fast and physical with both teams going at it full tilt. I think that will suit me.
"I love the atmosphere at games in England and there are a lot of big stars here. I will be delighted to be playing with them and against them."
Ajax were keen to keep hold of van Damme as cover for Brazilian defender Maxwell, but he wants first-team football.
"The manager said he wanted me to stay because I was good back-up - and I had a contract there until 2008 so there was no need for me to go," he added.
"It was nice of him to say he wanted to keep me but I told him I had to play.
"I need to be playing first-team football if I am to stay in the Belgium side.
"I could wait a while in the reserves but not for too long - Southampton was a great opportunity for me and I could not turn it down."