New SV Werder Bremen signing Thomas Delaney says he cannot wait to dig his teeth into life in Germany's top flight after completing his move to the Bundesliga.
The 25-year-old's transfer from Danish champions FC Kobenhavn to the Weserstadium was agreed in the summer, and six months later he has now arrived on the banks of the River Weser to take an "important step" in his career, moving up to a level of football where he feels he can make a difference.
"I can play a good role here," he told werder.de. "It's important for me to find a place where I can help the team improve and also learn things myself, and I can find that here. Maybe there's no better club I could have gone to."
Delaney, who is of Irish-American descent on his father's side, has represented his country 14 times and was an ever-present in Kobenhavn's UEFA Champions League campaign this season, helping his former club reach the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in a tight Group G. His objective now is to savour European football again – in a Werder shirt.
"Delaney's decision to join us was a conscientious one and we want to develop with him," said Bremen's sporting director Frank Baumann. "He brings a lot to the table. He's a box-to-box player and can turn defence into attack well. The winter training camp gives us a chance to integrate him quickly and for everybody to get to know each other."
There will be no time to waste either as Bremen prepare for the visit of Borussia Dortmund to the Weser Stadium on 21 January – when Delaney's dream of playing in the Bundesliga looks set to become reality.