Lubomir Michalik believes he made the right decision after leaving Bolton for Leeds before last week's transfer deadline.
The Slovakian defender, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with his new club, felt his opportunities at The Reebok Stadium would be limited following Gary Cahill's arrival.
He is now excited about playing more regularly for Leeds and taking his game to a higher level.
He told Sita: "On Wednesday I still thought I would stay at Bolton, everything seemed okay.
"From Wednesday to Thursday though the club bought Gary Cahill from Aston Villa for £5million, so it was absolutely clear to me that he did not arrive to just sit on the bench or in the stand.
"Considering these two options - to be in a Premier League club's squad or to get regular chances to play in League One - I decided for the second one.
"Maybe it was a little risky but I want to play football. With things as they were at Bolton I do not think I would have improved."
Michalik does not feel he has taken a step back, adding: "A few days ago it could be true. But after learning what the situation was like at Bolton, I don't think it any more.
"That is how things go in football and I think I have made a good decision."
Leeds have struggled to sustain their excellent early-season form in recent weeks and slipped back to eighth in League One after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Tranmere.
But Michalik is still confident that Leeds can secure promotion to the Championship.
He said: "Our objective is to get promoted and we will do our maximum to achieve it."