Jack Colback said the chance to play regular football was a big factor in deciding to join Nottingham Forest on loan.
The 28-year-old made the switch to The City Ground from Newcastle United and is eager to get started in the Garibaldi.
He said: "It is good to sign here. It is nice to get out on loan and hopefully play some games. It has been a difficult few months for me but I am looking forward to the opportunity here.
"The club were very keen to get it done and that was a big factor. They showed a lot of interest and I have heard lots of good things about the manager from players who have played for him before.
"It is a really good club with great history behind it and a good fan base. I am just looking forward to getting going."
The midfielder was part of the Newcastle side which lifted the Championship title last season and he is aware of the rigours of the division.
"I am used to this league," he added. "I had a season and a half with Ipswich when I was younger and obviously last season with Newcastle winning the league.
"I know what this league is all about, it is a tough league and every game is tough. You don't get a lot of time on the ball or a lot of space but I am prepared for it.
"I will give 100 per cent, try my hardest for the team, for my teammates and the staff and hopefully I can put in some good performances."