Jermaine Pennant hopes his move from Birmingham City to Liverpool will enhance his chance of realising his international dreams, writes Brian Dick.
Within hours of completing the transfer to the club he supported as a boy, the 23-year-old winger set his sights not just on being a success at Anfield but on also persuading Steve McClaren to give him a chance in the England team.
Pennant, who spent 16 months at St Andrew's and was one of their better players in a distressing relegation campaign, also claimed he has joined the only club he was willing to leave Birmingham for.
"Moving to Liverpool will only help me with my England ambitions," Pennant said. "Playing with players of the quality at this club can only be good for my career. I couldn't be more excited.
"I've come here to be successful and it would be a great feeling if I can win trophies as a Liverpool player.
"I always wanted to come to Liverpool. This is the only club I would have wanted to sign for. I'm more than confident my best will come at this club because I am playing alongside top-quality players who will only help me develop my game.
"I've still got a long career ahead of me because I'm still young, but hopefully I'll enjoy all my good times here."
So far Pennant's career has seen as many bad times as good with a prison sentence for drink driving, nightclub fights and even allegations that he turned up intoxicated to training smearing his reputation.
But he wants to put all that behind him now as he plays out his boyhood fantasies. "I've dreamt about this since I was a little boy so to actually be here and to be able to wear a Liverpool shirt and play at Anfield is a dream come true," he said.
"My family have always supported Liverpool and I grew up watching videos of them on the TV. My grandad and grandma came here in the Seventies and I think Liverpool must have caught their eyes.
"I actually got my first Liverpool kit when I was about four years old. John Barnes was my idol when I first started watching Liverpool but then as I got older I loved Robbie Fowler."