Curtis Allen, one of several fresh faces to have been drafted in at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, claims he chose Scotland over Swansea.
The striker, who has joined Caley from Coleraine, says he turned down the opportunity to take on a Premier League challenge with the Swans.
A switch to South Wales would have presented the 25-year-old with a shot at Europa League football, but he feels his ongoing development will be better served in the SPL.
Allen told the Daily Record: "I had a couple of other options. Swansea showed an interest but once I spoke to Inverness I was really keen to go there and it seemed the perfect move.
"I'm relishing the move. It's a big step up from the Irish League but I will go there full of confidence.
"I never made a secret of the fact I wanted to get back in full-time football again. People questioned if I was good enough but hard work has paid off."
Allen came through the academy ranks at Bournemouth but was unable to force his way into the senior fold.