Egypt international Mido claims his move to Championship club Barnsley represents a 'very important step' in his career.
The former Tottenham and Roma striker made a surprise move to the Tykes after leaving Egyptian club Zamalek.
With some illustrious clubs on his CV and still just 29, the signing is something of a coup for manager Keith Hill.
Barnsley finished just one place above the Championship drop zone last season but Mido is going into the challenge with his eyes wide open.
He told Sky Sports News: "I think Barnsley is a very important step in my career and hopefully I can do well here.
"I have played in different leagues - Holland, France, Italy and Spain - and always thought the best league for me and the way I play is England.
"I came here last week to meet the manager and I liked what he said to me and his plans.
"I think it's a club with a lot of passion and hopefully me coming here will help them.
"I know there are some new signings being made and it's a really tough competition, much harder than people think.
"There are a lot of good teams. A lot of good teams got relegated last year from the Premier League.
"It will be difficult but with hard work we can do well and get ourselves in a good position up the table."
Mido started his career at Zamalek and returned to the club last year after playing for numerous sides across Europe.
But things turned sour at the Egyptian outfit when they had trouble paying players' wages.
Asked what had happened at Zamalek, Mido explained: "The revolution happened and the football stopped. I had to get myself back to Europe.
"The club goes on but they had to get rid of high-paid played with all the economic problems there. The sponsors were not paying the club so it was a big problem."
Mido could make his Championship debut for Barnsley in their first league game of the season against former club Middlesbrough at Oakwell.