Socceroo Jackson Irvine became a cult hero at Burton Albion and fellow Australian Ryan Edwards is out to do the same at the English League One club.
"The recent history of the club has been really good. They had consecutive promotions to the Championship, they stayed up and then unfortunately got relegated.
"It’s a small club, I think the stadium holds 9,000 or 10,000. [But] the fans are quality, they just want to see you perform well and work hard and they clap you off the pitch regardless of the result if you show you’ve given everything.
"The fans are awesome and the club’s run really well. With Nigel Cough being the manager, he’s a legend there, he played for the club and managed the club, came back after Derby and Sheffield United, so he knows the club inside out and runs it really well.
"We’ve got a squad of maybe 18, 19, 20 players so it’s a really, tightknit group. Especially with the amount of games we play, we play pretty much an A-League season by November.
"It’s good playing that hectic schedule of Saturday-Tuesday, so the manager’s been really good at managing the squad. I’m really enjoying it at the moment.”
Born in Singapore and the son of ex-Socceroo Alistair Edwards, Ryan’s career has taken him around the world.
He came through AIS before heading to England to sign for Reading in 2011 at the age of 17.
The midfielder was with the Royals for four seasons, and played first-team football at the Madjeski Stadium, while also spending time with Perth Glory on loan.
Edwards was released by Reading in 2015 and then had four years in Scotland with Patrick Thistle and Hearts.
England’s League One may have a bad reputation in the eyes of some Australian fans, but the cut-throat competition is where many Socceroos have cut their teeth such as Massimo Luongo, Bailey Wright, Lucas Neill and Tim Cahill.
“League One is a good stepping stone,” the ambitious Edwards said.
“You look at Cahill and Aaron Mooy joined the Premier League in their mid to late twenties. It’s something you want to target.
“I’m really enjoying my time on and off the pitch at Burton, so to get promoted into the Championship with them would be fantastic. Long-term you want to go as far as you can.
“Whether that’s in the Championship, it’s always been an ambition of mine to play in Europe one day as well. It’s something to look forward to."