Dorus de Vries is eager to challenge incumbent Wayne Hennessey for the goalkeeper's spot at Premier League Wolves after signing from newly-promoted Swansea City today.
The Dutchman, who arrives at Molineux on a three-year contract, made the switch after being available on a Bosman free transfer at the end of his current contract with Swansea after helping the Welsh club gain promotion via the playoffs last season.
"Swansea is a great club throughout and have got a great squad and I wish them all the best," de Vries said. "But, sometimes as a professional player, you have to get out of your comfort zone a little bit to be able to find your true potential. When you look at the set-up at Wolves, from the training facilities through to everything else, it is all really professional and I can't stop thinking about getting started.
"Wolves are going into a third season in the top division and the difference for me is that Swansea hope to maintain their Premier League status whereas Wolves will expect to survive. Swansea is a club which I'm sure can grow into the Premier League but, at Wolves, that experience is already there with most of the players having been in the league for at least two years."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was on the lookout for another keeper after Marcus Hahnemann was released at the end of last season and de Vries said he was ready to challenge Wales international Hennessey for his place. He said: "This is the big step for me. It's going to be a great battle for me which I think will help me progress.
"All throughout my career I've been first choice goalkeeper and I carefully chose my clubs on the basis on where I would be able to play and establish myself. I'd always wanted to progress and can look back and say I've played a lot of games and built up my experience.
"Now this is the next step, to challenge for a place in the Premier League, and all I can do is get to know the guys and train really hard and show what I can do. I need to show I am worthy of wearing the shirt which is the most important thing for the next couple of months."