Blackburn new-boy Colin Kazim-Richards is delighted to be plying his trade at a training ground he was once in awe of.
London-born Turkey international Kazim-Richards began a nomadic footballing journey that has taken in spells in Turkey, France and Greece as a trainee at Bury, where he enjoyed his first experience of Rovers' Brockhall complex.
"When I started off at Bury we used to play Blackburn in reserve games or closed-doors games," said the 25-year-old. "I came here one time when I was 16 and the training ground, no disrespect to when I was at Bury, was like 'wow'.
"It's stuck with me and then when I spoke to the gaffer - I'm not just saying it because the cameras are here - I thought, 'you know what, this is the right move for me'."
Kazim-Richards spoke warmly of under-fire Rovers boss Steve Kean throughout his press briefing and is relishing the prospect of reviving the Ewood Park outfit's fortunes during a season-long loan from Galatasaray.
"I've not done things easy in my career," he added. "Things have never come easy to me, I've had to work through whatever level I've been at. I love challenges and this is a realistic one. Getting promotion to the Premier League would be unbelievable."