New Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole admits he is excited by the challenge that lies ahead of him at Anfield.
The England international moved to the Merseyside club on a free transfer earlier in the month, having been released by Chelsea at the end of last season.
It was a move that surprised many, as the 28-year-old has never played for a club outside London and was also wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.
Having penned a four-year deal with the Reds, Cole now has the difficult job of helping the club improve on a dismal campaign last time out, which saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and crash out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage.
The task new manager Roy Hodgson has before him will be made even more difficult following the revelation by Argentine Javier Mascherano that he wants to leave Liverpool.
However, Cole is not put off by the challenge in front of him and admits he has already spoken about what is to come with England team-mates Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson.
He said: "I spoke to the gaffer and Christian (Purslow, managing director) but I think the size of the club is immense.
"I'm excited, I spoke to Stevie, Carra and Johnno and I'm just excited about the future of the club and to be able to come here and pull on a Liverpool shirt. It's exciting times for me.
"I don't really want to talk about other clubs, I'm a Liverpool player now and I just want to look to the future.
"The club speaks for itself - what it's achieved. The people around the place have made me feel very welcome and I'm enjoying my first few days training.
"I just want to get myself fit and get playing games, enjoying my football and helping this great club to win some trophies.
"I'm excited to work with Roy. I think he's shown in the last two-and-a-half years what a fantastic manager he is.
"It was important I went to a club where I felt the manager wanted me and I'm just chomping at the bit to start. I want to get going and get myself fit."
Cole was also quick to quash suggestions that living outside London would be a problem, and insists he is looking forward to getting started.
"Players travel all round the world to further their career. For me it's just a few hours up the M1," he added.
"It's not a massive deal and my family have been excited about it and everyone's looking forward to the first few games."