Scott Jamieson has hit the ground running since his transfer to IFK Goteborg and is excited about the season ahead in Sweden.
Jameison swapped Sydney for Scandinavia last month when he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Swedish side.
The Western Sydney fullback went straight into the IFK line-up and has already made four first-team appearances.
“It’s been good,” Jamieson told FourFourTwo.
“It’s been full-throttle since I touched down, I’ve really had no time to think. I arrived on a Saturday morning and played the Thursday, my first session was on the Monday. I was excited by the fact that I was straight into a new season.
“I’ve been travelling a bit, the city is beautiful. The people speak English, which is a good help. But I’d like to learn a bit of Swedish here and there.
“I’m disappointed not to make the Europa League but that’s part and parcel.”
IFK won their first leg qualifier 1-0 against Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK but lost the second leg 3-0 to miss out on Europe.
“It was disappointing, [but] you have to get full credit to the Azerbaijani team,” Jamieson said.
“They have some very good foreigners who were very good footballers and played a decent type of football. It just reminded me of an Asian Champions League kind of tie. It was everything I had been used to in playing in Asia.
“IFK is a big club so we’re very disappointed not to have made it. Now it’s just about focusing on the rest of the season and getting in the position to qualify again next year.”
Jamieson’s sudden move from the Wanderers to Europe surprised many down under, with the 27-year old one of Western Sydney’s best in their march to the A-League grand final last season.
The defender played every game for the Wanderers in 2015/2016 and admits it was a difficult call to leave the club.
“It was a tough decision based on the fact that I was leaving a club that, I think for any footballer in Australia, is the best,” he said.
“Coaching wise was second to none. The style of play we played suited me down to a tee and just the fans also were amazing.
“Being a club where it meant a lot for me coming from that area.
“It was a tough decision but it was also a decision that I thought you only get one shot at a career and life in general, and a change of scenery, a change of culture, a change of style football ultimately met it was the right thing for me to do.
“I’m just trying to take board everything that comes with doing that. It’s exciting at the minute.”
Jamieson has played overseas before, as a teenager in the UK with Bolton Wanderers, but said he has no specific goal in his return to European football.
“There’s really no aim for me in regards to why I made this move,” he admits.
“This move was based on the fact that the opportunity to come to test myself out, a new style of football and a new way of life, that was the main thing.
“I kind of had the mentality of go over there, to a big club in Scandinavia, and enjoy it and go for it. Worst comes to worst then I’d come back to the A-League and for me that’s not even the worst kind of thing because the league is as strong.
“Having seen a few things over here, I know the A-League is in a strong position. The aim for me is just to play well and take myself out of that bubble of the A-League and see how we go.
“It’s exciting I’ve got this opportunity and I intend to maximize it on and off the field.”
Jamieson has played four times for Australia after making his debut in 2009. But the former Blacktown City junior said his move to Sweden has nothing to do with pushing for a Socceroos spot again.
“The manager there seems to have the players he’s selected and I understand that and respect that,” Jamieson said.
“If the opportunity came, like any Australian player, you’d be honored to wear the shirt again. It wasn’t in the forefront of why I made this move but you never say never, and hopefully it might come up again.”
Jamieson has established him as one of the best fullbacks in the A-League in recent seasons and the ex-Adelaide, Sydney FC and Perth man believes he is hitting his peak as a player.
“Last year I felt as good as ever,” he said.
“I feel like I’m at the age now where my football is going to be hitting its kind of peak hopefully in the next 12 months. That’s the exciting part. “I’ve just got to try and stay fit, stay healthy and stay in the team and we’ll go from there.”
The Blue-White are one of the oldest and biggest clubs in Sweden and finished second in the Allsvenskan last season. This campaign the aim is silverware.
“Goteborg is one of the biggest, if not the biggest club here in Sweden,” Jamieson said.
“The size of the club is fantastic but the aim is always to try and win the title. We’re fourth at the moment, about 10 points off top so that’s the situation.
“The least we have to do is make Europe and then go from there.”