Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan admitted the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders after sealing a move to Villa Park.
The American stopper completed his summer switch to Villa from MLS side Club Deportivo Chivas USA for an undisclosed fee, after gaining a work permit.
Guzan is currently on international duty with the USA, but that has not stopped the 23-year-old from looking forward to his time in the Premier League.
"It's still sinking in that I have finally joined Aston Villa," Guzan told AVTV Online.
"It'll be great when all my travelling is over and I can get into the normal routine of training every day with the guys, having lunch and being part of the squad.
"I remember getting the phone call from the manager, telling me that my permit had been accepted, I was able to come over for a little bit, then I had to fly back out to America to prepare for the Olympics.
"Just being with the guys was fantastic. I can't wait until I get into it full-time.
"I was so excited when I found out my permit had been granted. I couldn't believe it for a while, probably because there had been a little doubt that it would be accepted.
"When it went through, I was so relieved and I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. To know that I can now make an impact for Villa tremendously exciting."