Jan Kozak has received international clearance to play for West Bromwich Albion and is likely to make his debut away to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.
And the Slovakia international midfield player, who has joined Albion on loan from Artmedia Bratislava until the end of the season, has emphasised his desire to move to The Hawthorns on a permanent basis.
Kozak, aged 25, passed a trial with Albion this month and will fulfil a dream of playing in the Premiership. He joins a team that are battling for their top-flight survival and in need of a significant increase in personnel.
Injuries and absences because of international duty mean that Bryan Robson, the Albion manager, has a weakened squad. Kozak could not have arrived at a more convenient time.
"I'm very happy to have signed for West Brom and I will be working hard to try to get into the first team," Kozak said. "I want to stay at West Brom beyond this season and help the club achieve their ambitions.
"I am convinced that the team and the club are good enough to stay in the Premier League."
Kozak joined Artmedia in 2003 and scored seven times in 34 matches last season as the club won the domestic title for the first time in their 108-year history.
Kozak also played his part in helping Artmedia get past Celtic to qualify for the Uefa Champions League group stages earlier this season.
He becomes the third Slovakia international to have signed for Albion in the past five years, following in the footsteps of Igor Balis and Stanislav Varga.
Kozak will add to the competition in Albion's central midfield where the likes of Ronnie Wallwork, Junichi Inamoto and Darren Carter all failed to impress in the defeat to Sunderland last Saturday.
Jonathan Greening, the Albion winger, has welcomed the arrival of Kozak and hopes that the Slovakian makes a similar impression to that of another eastern European, Zoltan Gera, who has become one of the most popular and talented players at The Hawthorns.
"Jan's arrival has given everyone a lift this week after Saturday's disappointing result against Sunderland," Greening said. "He's been very good in training and I'm very impressed with his ability on the ball. He's played Champions League football so he is no mug.
"On the pitch, Jan's Champions League experience can only help. In one of the training sessions last week, when he was on trial, he was the best player out there and if he can convert that into the games we'll be well pleased.
"He's a different player to Zoltan Gera as he is more of a passer where as Zoltan attacks down the wings. But hopefully he can make as big an impact as Zoltan has. Also, I don't think Zoltan is too far from coming back so there will be good competition for places in midfield."
Kozak's arrival is timely, given that Albion are without Nwankwo Kanu and Diomansy Kamara, who are on international duty in the African Cup of Nations.
"We've really missed Kanu and Kamara over the past few games," Greening said. "But hopefully they'll do well in the African Nations Cup and when they come back they'll be flying - it will be like having two new players at a crucial stage in the season.
"It showed how much we missed them on Saturday but even without them we're disappointed with the way we played.
"We've got a good record against top teams like Man City and Tottenham. But Saturday was a bit of a battle, which was to be expected because Sunderland are down there.
"We were disappointed with the way the goal went in because if games like that aren't going your way, you should at least scrap it out and get a point on the board.
"But we lost again to a team that is down at the bottom and no one is happy at all. We seem to do better when we're underdogs rather than favourites. It was like Palace here and Norwich away last year when we should have won both but drew one and lost the other.
"It's strange because the better the team we're playing against the better we seem to play. Maybe those teams don't battle as hard as Sunderland and let us play our football - that's something we have to address."