David Wagner said it was “something special” to lure Karim Matmour to Huddersfield Town.
And the Algerian international forward is determined to live up to that billing.
The 30-year-old has a chance of figuring in the Championship clash at Brighton and Hove Albion after signing a deal until the end of the season.
Town have the option of adding a further 12 months – and Matmour intends to persuade them to take it up.
It’s a first taste of English football for the French-born player, who started his career in his home city of Strasbourg then spent more than a decade in Germany before a short stint in Kuwait.
But there have been chances to move to his country in the past.
“I have come close to moving to England before, but on those occasions the club I was playing for at the time didn’t let me go,” he explained.
“Now the opportunity has come, and in my opinion, this is the place to be.
“The fans here are famous for their singing and passion, and the games for being action-packed and fast.
“I like the thought of this, and I think I will suit this type of football.”
Having left Kuwait club Al-Arabi in October after a contract dispute, Matmour has been training back at Strasbourg, where it all began for him.
Rejected by the city’s top team Racing Club as a teenager, he played for amateur side Vauban Strasbourg before heading to Germany with Freiburg’s second string.
He was promoted to the club’s Bundesliga side and made his debut for Algeria before a 2008 transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach.
While with Monchengladbach, he played in both the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa.
Matmour played against England in a Cape Town clash which finished goalless.
“It was a good game and I played as a lone frontman,” he recalled.
“Our objective was basically not to be beaten and the coach told me I had to keep the ball as much as I could.
“It was basically me against four defenders, and it was hard work, but the result was pleasing and a big moment for the country.
“For every player, being involved in a World Cup is a dream and a pinnacle.”
The England side included Steven Gerrard, a player Matmour has always admired.
“For me, he sums up what the game here is all about,” he said.
“He is excellent both physically and mentally.
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“I also had the chance to play against him for Monchengladbach against Liverpool, and it was good to see him close up.”
Matmour moved on to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2011, then to Kaiserslautern in 2013.
His move to Al-Arabi was on a two-year deal, but now Matmour has moved from the Middle East to West Yorkshire.
“I haven’t played under David Wagner but I know him from our time in German football and he called me and told me about Huddersfield Town,” he continued.
“He invited me to watch a game and have a look at the club and I liked what I saw.
“The team played well, all the people here were very good with me and I liked the area.
“That’s why I said I wanted to come here.
“I have friends who played at Dortmund under David Wagner and they speak highly of him.
“He has told me of his ambition and I will do my best, work hard and try to help the team progress.
“While I haven’t played any competitive games since I left Kuwait, I have been training with Strasbourg.
“I feel fit, and while I don’t know how long I can play at this stage, I feel ready for some minutes.”