The words of former Melbourne Victory forward Robbie Kruse were a factor in new loan signing Max Beister choosing the next club in his football career.
Victory announced last week that Beister would join the club on loan from Mainz for the rest of the 2016/17 season.
“I had a couple of conversations with Robbie Kruse. He told me a lot about Melbourne, a lot about Victory,” Beister said.
“I was looking for a new experience. I chose Australia, and hopefully it becomes a good time.
“It’s a new culture for me, meeting new people, and a completely new city.
“Right now I don’t know what I can expect, but I’m just looking forward.”
Beister arrived in Australia on Wednesday for a tour of Victory’s AAMI Park facilities, before joining his new teammates in training on Thursday morning.
The 26-year-old, who has been keeping a close eye on Victory’s games recently, is relishing a fresh start in a new country after a frustrating past few seasons in Germany.
“I was very disappointed and unlucky in the last (few) years. I tried to fight back, but it didn’t end the way I wanted to,” he said.
“I don’t want to look back. I want to look into the future with the club.
“I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year. Hopefully I can be a big part of the team, do my job and be successful.”