Tim Cahill has revealed he decided to join Melbourne City in June after visiting the Hyundai A-League club's training base following the Caltex Socceroos' friendlies against Greece.
The 36-year-old visited the Bundoora-based facility for the first time after Australia's 2-1 loss to Greece in Melbourne, and while it took until last week to confirm the deal, Cahill claimed "I knew it was the right decision months ago".
The Socceroos' all-time leading goalscorer was officially unveiled as a City player on Monday, with Cahill taking part in a full training session with John van 't Schip's squad.
And speaking afterwards, Cahill revealed how impressed he is with City's entire setup.
"When I came and looked at this training ground at the last Aussie camp, I was surprised that this could be done here in Australia, with what they've done," he said.
"I was surprised with the staff… I was impressed not surprised and it made me excited when I left and I knew what the decision was after that."
Cahill has signed a two-year playing deal with City, plus a third year coaching somewhere within the City Football Group (CFG), who own the A-League club plus Manchester City in the Premier League and New York City in the MLS.
When asked about his post-playing career, Cahill refused to confirm he will retire after the 2018 World Cup - when his playing contract with City is set to expire - but underlined the opportunities he will access within CFG's global operation.
New York City's coach Patrick Viera, Cahill's former Everton team-mate and Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, plus Phil Neville and David Moyes, all recommended CFG to the Australian forward.
"They all said the same thing. They said 'this is the place to be'," Cahill said.
The Socceroos striker plans to be fully fit in the next two to three weeks and Van 't Schip indicated it's unlikely Cahill will play in City's upcoming FFA Cup tie versus Brisbane Strikers on August 24.
Both Cahill and Van 't Schip embraced the pressure that the former's arrival brings to City as the club looks to win their maiden A-League title.
"This is what I need as a player. This is what makes me tick," Cahill said.