West Bromwich Albion's latest recruit has revealed why he flew thousands of miles across the world to pursue a career with a new club his dream of playing Premier League football.
Kim De-Hoen follows fellow countrymen Ji-Sung Park at Manchester United and Seol Ki-Hyeon at Fulham in crossing the globe in search of the chance to play English football.
And the 25-year-old, who has been offered a six month deal at The Hawthorns by Albion manager Tony Mowbray, is now hoping his loan spell will become permanent once he fulfils his ambition of helping the Baggies into the top flight.
The creative midfielder gave his first inter-view through an interpreter at Albion's Walsall Road training ground yesterday.
He said: "I want to improve this team, this club and I want to get involved in the Premier League step by step. I was attracted to West Bromwich Albion and I want to stay here and and help this club get into the Premier League."
De-Hoen, who had a few days trial with Albion in the summer before agreeing to a loan spell in January, said he had consulted his friend Seol at Fulham for advice before making the move to the UK.
He said: "He told me that by coming to West Brom I could learn more basics of English football first of all and, even though I will be playing in the Championship, the football is much more powerful and tough than the Korean league.
"It is a little bit less technical but much better than the skill level of Korean football. He advised me to play in this team first and said I could make a contribution to this team to help it move on to the Premier League."
De-Hoen is aware his progress here will be closely monitored by millions of Koreans back home their appetite for British football is insatiable.
"There have already been other Koreans, successful Koreans, who have come to play in England and there are a few now in the Premier League.
"The Premier League is considered one of the best leagues in the world so that is why players want to come to England over all the other countries.
"Many of the Korean fans of British football don't really know West Bromwich Albion yet but now that I am here I hope many will now get interested in the club. "Many Koreans will I am sure now want to watch this team whenever it plays."
De-Hoen revealed the pace of life in England compared to the frenetic pace in Korea had been the biggest culture shock since his move a few weeks ago. He said: "In Korea life is very, very busy but all the people here are very calm and the pace of life is much slower so that has enabled me to concentrate on my football.
"Because I can't speak English yet I have just been concentrating on my football."
The midfielder, who plans to spend at least three hours a week learning English added: "I want to learn English soon so I can conduct interviews by myself!
"I feel a bit depressed that I cannot communicate with the other players yet even though there are many players from other countries. I want to be able to talk to them but it is up to me to learn English and as soon as possible."
Albion manager Tony Mowbray, meanwhile, is thrilled the Korean World Cup star has agreed to a six-month loan spell with the view to a permanent move at the end of the season.
He said: "Since we all first saw Kim we liked his ability with the ball, his ability to pass it short and long and keep the ball for the team.
"I also like his personality even though we can't speak to each other as such because of the language barrier . He has a very nice temperament and I am sure he will fit in very well."
Mowbray continued: "The games are now going to come thick and fast very, very quickly and back to back and Kim will get plenty of time on the pitch.
"Once he becomes accustomed to the work ethic required in the Championship and the physicalities of the Championship, he could play centre-midfield or left-midfield or right-midfield in my team or in a midfield four. I am sure he will adapt to our game."
The Baggies' boss hinted the Korean star could become a permanent fixture at The Hawthorns if he performed as expected over the coming months as Albion strive for promotion to the Premier League.
He said: "I think Kim can make an impact. Yes, his opportunities on the field in a game are limited, but I would like to think I would see beyond six months and if I can see he is a talented player, his future here will be bright."
Mowbray added: "I am a coach who likes technical players and he is definitely a technical player. He passes the ball well, he has good vision, he understands the flow of the game and he is an intelligent football player."
* Albion have granted Hull City permission to field Neil Clement in their reserves game against Darlington tonight, with a view to the defender joining the Tigers on loan.
The 29-year-old is pencilled in to move to the KC Stadium on a 93-day loan on Monday two days after the Baggies entertain Hull in the Coca-Cola Championship on Saturday.