Kew Jaliens says he canvassed opinion from Australians with a Dutch connection and at least one of his countrymen before he committed to joining Newcastle Jets.
The 34-year-old's move to the Hunter Stadium outfit was announced earlier this month following his departure from Wisla Krakow, where he won the Polish Ekstraklasa title in 2010-11.
A former Willem II and AZ Alkmaar player, the 10-cap Netherlands international joined Gary van Egmond's team at training for the first time this week and said he heard plenty of positive endorsements before moving to Australia.
"When I got the opportunity (to come to Newcastle), from the start, it was a serious option for me," Jaliens said.
"I spoke to Brett Holman and Eli (Babalj) who has just joined AZ Alkmaar and I spoke to Gerald Sibon who is now an assistant coach at AZ.
"I pretty much had some good information about the league and some players and it was all positive."
Jaliens considers himself in good shape for the campaign ahead after training with his former Eredivisie outfit AZ during the European off-season.
"I've been training since the end of June with AZ and have had a pretty good preparation," Jaliens said.
"I've been training at a good pace ... they're a team that are playing in the Europa League, so they've had a pretty serious preparation and I was able to do everything they did.
"In Poland, the season ended at the beginning of June, so I think I'm at a good level."