Jake McGing might be in the middle of a relegation battle but the Australian defender has no regrets about his transfer to Polish club Wisla Plock.
A Marconi Stallions junior, McGing grew up in Western Sydney and signed for the Wanderers as an 18-year-old.
He joined the Mariners in 2014 and made his debut in the A-League in 2015.
McGing has always harboured European ambitions, but admits it was a difficult decision to leave the Central Coast after five years with the club.
"As a kid growing up you always want to test yourself out in Europe," he said.
"It happened so quickly when it came up. When it did it didn’t take me long to go for it and test myself out over here. [But] it was very tough. It was somewhere I hold close to my heart. I lived there for five years.
"I love the Central Coast, the lifestyle, everything about it. It was a tough decision to make but I just wanted to try something new and test myself over here."
Often featuring as a central defender or a defensive midfielder at Gosford, McGing has starred at right back for Wisla Plock.
"Right back is probably one of my favourite positions at the moment because I get to go forward," he said.
"It’s good. Having that versatility helps, as long as I’m in the team I’m happy."
Long-term, he is planning to impress in Poland and eventually earn a move to a more high-profile league.
"A lot of the players here move to Italy and Germany," McGing said.
"It’s a definitely a league that a lot of the scouts look at from the big European leagues. That’s the plan. I’ve just got do well here and hopefully that happens."