Seven months ago the career of promising Australian midfielder Joe Caletti was at a crossroads.
The 20-year-old was one of the brightest products of his generation, a former Joeys captain and FFA Centre of Excellence graduate who had led his country at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
A pint-sized midfielder, who had also appeared for the Olyroos, who had debuted in the A-League at the age of 18 and played for Brisbane Roar in both the finals and the Asian Champions League.
But in May he was cut by new Roar coach Robbie Fowler, as he looked to rebuild the Queensland club.
Despite impressing in more than 30 appearances for Brisbane, Caletti was out.
Like many of his contemporaries, opportunities in first-team football at home were rare.
Then in August he landed a 15-month deal with Florø SK in Norway's third tier.
Caletti embraced the chance with both arms, scoring one goal in 11 games in the PostNord-ligaen, and has not looked back.
"I really enjoyed it to be honest," he told FTBL. "I didn’t really know what to expect when I went over…
"It’s a small town Florø where I played, but the people are really welcoming. The teammates are very welcoming and everybody spoke English which made it a little bit easier for me.
"We went through a few ups and downs even though it was only half a season. But I thought I thought it was a really good experience for me to be exposed to that kind of European football where there is promotion and relegation and whatnot.
"It is definitely a change of pace from the A-League. But I was happy to be given regular game-time, which is just something I missed and which is really important to me.
"To be able to play and enjoy football and improve on a weekly basis is something I really enjoyed being able to do."
Caletti admits it was tough to leave Roar after three and a half years with the club.
"Of course. I loved Brisbane, I loved my time time at the Roar," he said. "I have many close friends there.
"The fans as well, I felt they supported me through my whole three and a bit years there. So of course it was hard to say goodbye but that’s part of football, that’s part of life.
"I’m going to be forever thankful to start my professional career there. I’m really grateful for the time there."
Florø SK, which was formerly the home of fellow Aussie midfielder Luc Jeggo, is located on the country's western coast. The town has a population of less than 10,000 people.
Despite the isolation, Caletti has been impressed with the standard of football in Norway.
"It is pretty physical," he said. "There’s some really good individual players there, at Florø as well.
"I was quite surprised by the level, it was good physically and there’s some good technical players there as well. I was quite impressed.
"Club football there is a whole other level. You can see the ins and outs, and for me I’ve seeing it as Florø is a good starting spot to get into European football and really experience in it."