Keith Fahey is eager to repay Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish after admitting he turned down the chance to go on trial at other clubs.
Irish midfielder Fahey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Blues on a three-and-a-half year deal from St Patrick's Athletic in January.
The former Aston Villa youngster had also been wanted by Premier League duo Sunderland and West Ham United, in addition to SPL champions Celtic.
However, the 25-year-old was not keen to go on trial and is happy that Championship side Birmingham were prepared to take a gamble.
"Birmingham were the only club to come in with a bid," Fahey told Sky Sports News.
"I respect the manager for taking a chance on me and I'm going over there to repay him.
"About Celtic, West Ham and Sunderland, I think their scouts watched me and were impressed with me, but they wanted me to go over on trial, which I wasn't really interested in because if you don't do well you can lose a lot of face.
"It's good when a manager comes in and puts his money where his mouth is without saying we want to look at you first.
"He's taken a big chance on me and now I'm hungry to repay him."