New Bristol City signing Richard Foster believes his move to the Championship will make him a better player.
The 26-year-old, who can play on both wings or at full-back, arrived at Ashton Gate last week on a two-and-a-half-year deal from SPL side Aberdeen.
"It was hard leaving Aberdeen but it was a move I definitely had to make," he told BBC Radio Bristol.
"You always want to better yourself and a step up from the SPL is definitely the Championship."
He continued: "In the SPL you tend to know the guy you're up against and they know what you're going to try and do - a lot of the games are just a stalemate.
"Down here is a new challenge for me - there's a lot of good teams and players. I'll find it difficult but I'm sure I can cope."
The move to Bristol is Foster's first career venture outside of Scotland. He made his Aberdeen debut aged 17 and also enjoyed a season-long loan spell at Rangers.
He admits that the chance to work with Bristol City manager, and fellow Scot, Derek McInnes was a major reason for his switch to England.
"I'd never worked with him personally but I knew what he'd done at St Johnstone," said Foster. "The guys I spoke to were really positive about him.
"He phoned me up and after speaking to him I felt it was a move I had to make."