Huddersfield Town defender Jason Davidson believes his loan move to FC Groningen will help him reclaim a place in the Australian international squad.
The 22-times capped left-back’s career has stalled at both club and country level.
Davidson, signed by Chris Powell in the summer of 2015 after leaving West Bromwich Albion, hasn’t played under David Wagner this term.
His season-long switch to the Dutch top flight includes a clause allowing Groningen to make the deal permanent.
The 25-year-old has previous experience of the Eredivisie with Heracles, and also played in Portugal earlier in his career.
David Wagner on Davidson's fellow full-back Tommy Smith:
He could make his debut for Groningen against Twente Enschede on Sunday.
“I’m keen to return to the Netherlands,” he said.
“The competition is highly regarded and when FC Groningen expressed interest, I noticed they wanted me very much.
“It was important for me to go to a club who really want me.”
Davidson, who made 30 Town appearances last season, added: “I want to play every game,
“I work hard for it and the rotation system (at Town) frustrated me.
“When Groningen came in, it felt like a good opportunity.”
Australia, whose squad includes on-loan Town midfielder Aaron Mooy, are about to commence the final phase of World Cup 2018 qualification.
“There is a Confederations Cup in Australia next year,” explained Davidson.
“I was privileged to have been able to play the World Cup in 2014, and also an Asian Cup.
“Big tournament experience is wonderful.
“I can only get more through playing a very good season and working hard.”
The move to Groningen will bring a reunion with midfielder Bryan Linssen, who was among his teammates at Heracles.
“I called Bryan and he had only positive words about the club,” said Davidson. “It’s nice to already know someone here.”