Josh Robinson admits the lure of full-time football was too hard to turn down after signing for York City.
The defender completed his move to Bootham Crescent on Thursday after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.
The 22-year-old joins York after spending four years with Crusaders, who he helped win back-to-back titles last season.
York – who were relegated from League Two last term –have set their sights on automatic promotion from the Vanarama National League under manager Jackie McNamara.
And Robinson is relishing linking up with the former Celtic defender.
“I had four great years with Crusaders but I just felt it was time for a new challenge, and I can’t wait to get started with York City,” Robinson said.
“I have always dreamed of moving into full-time football and this opportunity came about, so it was an easy decision to make.
“York is an ambitious club with some good young talent, so hopefully we can have a good season and see where it takes us.
“I have come here to win, something I was used to at Crusaders. I can hopefully bring that winning mentality to York.
“I am looking forward to it. It is a new challenge and that is something I relish. It is great to get the move.”
Robinson’s agent Lee Mudd spoke of his delight at the deal.
“I am delighted to get Josh over the line,” Mudd said.
“There had been interest from clubs across the water for quite some time, but things just never panned out for the lad.
“He got close to a couple of moves but then something happened to see the deal fall through.
“Thankfully Jackie McNamara spoke to us and was keen on Josh, and it has all worked out.
“Fair play to Crusaders, too. They were fantastic to deal with. Josh enjoyed his time at Seaview and he leaves on good terms with the club.
“Now he can look forward to a new challenge at York and he is looking forward to it.”