Australian midfielder Jordan Lyden has signed with English League Two outfit Swindon Town after departing Aston Villa and a "stressful" search for a new club.
Lyden spent seven years with Villa after leaving ECU Joondalup in Perth as a 16-year-old.
He played four Premier League games for Villa in the 205/2016 season, but spent part of last season on loan at League Two side Oldham Athletic.
With his contract ending at the Premier League club, the 23-year-old has linked with Swindon after a period on trial.
Lyden said meeting Robins manager Richie Wellens convinced him to join the fourth-tier side.
"It’s been quite a stressful summer if I’m completely honest, because I didn’t know where I was going and I was out of contract in July, and I was wondering where I was going to be next,” he told the club website.
"Once the Gaffer here got in touch with me I felt it was the right place to come. I know how Swindon play football I watched them a lot last year, being in the division and that was a big influence on me joining.
"The lads have welcomed me here really well, it's quite daunting going to a new club, you’re wondering whether you are liked, because at the end of the day there is competition in football."
Lyden, who has two caps for the Young Socceroos, joins fellow Aussie and ex-Melbourne Victory youngster Cameron McGilp on Swindon's books.
The Robins start their League Two season against Scunthorpe United this weekend and Lyden is hoping to play his part.
"Fingers crossed – it depends what the Gaffer feels what’s right, obviously each game is different," he said.
"Different personnel can suit different games but fingers crossed I get as many games under my belt and help Swindon challenge for the title."