Jack Hunt began his new life in London this week thanking Huddersfield Town and looking forward to working under Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace.
The 22-year-old academy product has had a whirlwind eight days since being told he was wanted by the Premier League new boys.
The right-back was taken to one side by Town manager Mark Robins and football operations chief Ross Wilson the day before Town’s derby at Barnsley.
Instead of going out to train, he headed South by rail for personal talks with Palace and a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be ï¿½2m.
The paperwork was completed over the weekend and Hunt, having watched Holloway’s promoted side chalk up their first top flight win at the expense of Sunderland last Saturday evening and signed a four-year contract, then returned home to Leeds to prepare for the move.
Having said his goodbyes at Town, where he made 121 appearances, scoring four goals, he was back in London by last Wednesday.
While the John Smith’s Stadium side are now said to be tracking a Premier League right-back to bring in on loan – with Swansea’s Jazz Richards, Everton’s John Stones and Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton all talked about by fans – Hunt is focused on his own future.
The first player to be transferred from Town to Palace since David Burke, also a full-back, in 1987, and only the third in total (right-half Bill Whittaker made the move in 1950), he is among 14 signings made by Holloway since Palace beat Watford at Wembley in last season’s Championship play-off final.
“The interest from Crystal Palace filled me with a lot of confidence,” said Hunt, the subject of a bid by Swansea last January.
“Obviously the Premier is the best league in the world and I jumped at the chance to go to Palace.
“I spoke to the manager for a good hour, hour-and-a-half and the chat was brilliant, he is a brilliant man and very honest.
“I can’t wait to play for him and you can see why he has such a good team spirit there, and that was only after one conversation with him.”
Palace, 14th in the table, are next in action against Manchester United at Old Trafford a week today, when they will aim to build on that win over Sunderland.
“I thought it was a good performance against Sunderland,” he continued.
“There are going to be five, six, seven teams that are going to find it tough in the league, but we have made some great signings and as long as everyone can gel pretty quickly I am sure we can stay up.
“We have the confidence and I am sure we will give it a good go.
“From my point of view, playing against better players will only improve me.
“I have got quite a bit of experience for my age, but to test myself against the best players in the world, in the best league in the world, will be brilliant for me.”