Perth Glory have Socceroo Jason Davidson and his father Alan, a former Australia international star, to thank for helping to lure Dragan Paljic to nib Stadium.
The experienced German has joined the A-League leaders as an injury replacement player for Youssouf Hersi, who is out for the rest of the campaign following surgery to repair a severe hamstring tear.
Paljic arrives in Western Australia following lengthy spells with Hoffenheim and Kaiserslautern in Germany's second-tier 2. Bundesliga.
But it was two-and-a-half seasons spent at Heracles in the Eredivisie, much of that time spent playing alongside Davidson, which ultimately sealed the move.
"I have heard many good things about Australian football, from my friend Jason Davidson and his father Alan, who've only spoken positively about the league and the growth of the sport here," Paljic said upon joining Glory.
"I have always looked at playing abroad and for me the A-League offers a tremendous opportunity and the challenge I thrive for.
"But most of all I am here to play football and help the club win its first championship. Perth is on a high and I want to help the team carry that momentum going forward and be part of history."
Glory coach Kenny Lowe hailed the capture of a player he hopes will boost Perth's bid to capture silverware in 2014-15.
"Dragan is a professional, played at a top level and by all accounts is a top act," he said.
"He can play on the wing or in the midfield so he's a quality player and versatile which is what we're looking for going forward," Lowe said in a statement.
Paljic began his career at 1860 Munich, going on to win the 2. Bundesliga title with Kaiserslautern in 2009-10 and Poland's Ekstraklasa championship crown at Wisla Krakow, alongside Newcastle Jets defender Kew Jaliens, in 2010-11.