Socceroo Mark Milligan says the opportunity to play under Neil Lennon and to keep learning as a footballer was key to his move to Hibernian.
Milligan joined the Scottish club last month on a two-year deal.
The Socceroo has joined fellow Aussie Jamie Maclaren at the Edinburgh outfit.
"After the World Cup I took my time to make sure I made the right decision, not only for myself football-wise, but also for my family," he said.
"I did a lot of research. I was able to talk to Jamie Maclaren. I was able to watch a lot of games and for me it felt like a good fit football-wise. To work under Neil Lennon is very, very exciting for me.
"To work with some of the players here is very exciting and I thought it was a place I could come and still learn, which is very important for me. I didn't want to go somewhere just for the sake of going somewhere.
"If I'm going to continue playing my football, and try and play at the highest level, I want to continue to learn."
Milligan, who expects to be used as a central midfielder for Hibs, has been angling for a move to Europe for years but has been stopped by his lack of a European passport.
During his career the 33-year-old has had spells in China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
In 2013 the midfielder almost joined English Premier League club Crystal Palace.
Milligan said he has always wanted to test himself in Europe.
"Playing in Europe has an ambition of mine my whole career," he said.
"I had a chance when I was younger, my visa was denied, and then obviously I went along the Asian route, which for an Australian player is that little bit easier logistically.
"I guess I always had that burning ambition to get across and I think the World Cup for me was my body telling me that I still had quite a bit to give."