Park Ji-sung admits it was a wrench to leave Manchester United after he completed his move to QPR for an undisclosed fee.
The 31-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2005 from PSV Eindhoven and was an integral part of the squad that earned a multitude of honours.
His arrival at Loftus Road is an indication of Rangers' intent ahead of the coming season as they had to fend off competition from other clubs to land the midfielder.
And after such a long period at United, the former South Korea captain needed time to ponder his next move.
"It was a very difficult decision, it's hard to leave such a big club, but QPR showed me what they are trying to be," he said.
"It is time for a new challenge. QPR want to be a bigger club, they want to improve and it's a great challenge.
"It was a difficult decision but they have great players and they are hungry to get to the next level. It's not about the money."
Park is Hughes' sixth acquisition of the summer and with the backing of their owner Tony Fernandes, the west London club are swaggering with ambition.
"I am joining a club that is very much on an upward curve, a club that has a bright future," he added.
"The manager Mark Hughes has a proven track record at Premier League level and I am looking forward to working with him and the rest of the squad to help take the club to the next level."