Aussie goalkeeper Dominic Kurasik isn't giving up on his European dream and has dropped down to English football's eighth division to gain senior level experience.
Kurasik left Championship club Brentford in the off-season and signed for League Two side Colchester United.
Since September 21 the keeper has been on a short loan at Maldon & Tiptree FC, which play in the Isthmian League One Division North.
Kurasik has been in the UK for the past six years, after leaving South Melbourne as a 14-year-old and signing for Stoke City. He spent nearly five years with the Potters before heading to Brentford last year.
Since joining the Jammers as the replacement for injured keeper Andy Walker, Kurasik has helped Maldon & Tiptree FC go on an undefeated run and climb the table.
The shot-stopper said he is enjoying his spell at the Essex outfit and is looking to possibly extend his loan until January.
"It’s been quite good, it’s first-team football and still a decent standard," the 20-year-old told FourFourTwo.
"Colchester own the club I'm on loan to, so they have a good relationship, decent facilities and the coaches are also from Colchester
He admits the decision to leave Brentford was a difficult one, but he is adamant his ready for senior football.