Swansea City's new signing Michel Vorm is delighted to join what he calls 'the biggest league in the world' ahead of the Swans' first game in the Barclays Premier League against Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers' side were in dire need of a new goalkeeper following Dorus De Vries' departure to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this summer.
Vorm has five international caps to his name with Holland and was part of the Dutch squad that reached the World Cup final last summer in South Africa, and the stopper says he was sold on moving to the Barclays Premier League.
"The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and to be part of it is a massive opportunity," he said.
"I've spoken with guys like Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Rafael van der Vaart and Ruud van Nistelrooy and they all same the same - the Premier League is a beautiful place.
"It is a huge challenge for the club because we are new to the league, but it is a fresh challenge too.
"So I'm delighted to get everything sorted at Swansea. I can already sense the great feeling of pride and excitement around the city. It's going to be an exciting season."
Vorm has moved from Dutch side Utrecht, where he played with former Swans man Cedric van der Gun, and the 27-year-old reveals he used to look out for Swansea's results during the winger's tenure.
"When Cedric came here I was watching on the internet and looking out for all of Swansea's results," he added.
"I don't know anything about the other clubs in the Championship last season, but I know a lot about Swansea.
"The style is very much the same as we like to play in Holland, and similar to Spain, and that is a major attraction for me.
"The manager wants to play the right way, and he and the club showed that they really wanted me. That is very important."