Signing for Yeovil Town ended a six-week wait for Kevin Dawson to join the club he knew he wanted to represent the moment the manager picked him up for his first day of training.
The former Shelbourne midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the season, becoming Gary Johnson's first arrival of the January transfer window.
Dawson, whose older brother Stephen plays for Barnsley, had been training with the Glovers after a call out of the blue proved the first step in realising his dream of becoming a Football League player.
He said: "It has been a really long wait and I have been dying to get stuck in. I have been waiting for the day for six weeks, so I am looking forward to getting started officially. There is just so much to be done and I am glad it's sorted.
"Paddy Madden gave me a phone call and said the gaffer (Johnson) would like me over as soon as possible. I booked a flight for the next morning and I have been here since.
"It has always been a massive ambition to move over and I am glad it's finally happening now. I was part-time in Ireland, but was full-time at a point with Sporting Fingal. They went bust and I moved on to Shells.
"I had two really good years there, but I wanted to get back to full-time football. It's always what I wanted to do, I love it here with full-time football and that's the way forward.
"I knew that from the day I came here I wanted to sign. It was about getting down here and hoping that the gaffer would take a chance on me.
"I am looking forward to repaying him and doing my best for Yeovil. There were a few other clubs interested and I could have gone there and done the same, but the minute I got here I knew this was the place I wanted to be.
"Paddy and the gaffer picking me up on the first day made me feel welcome and made me realise this was where I wanted to be."
Having grown up in Dublin with Madden, Dawson said the striker's presence in the dressing room has helped him settle, even if the pair's home cooking left a lot to be desired.
"I know Paddy through football and lived five minutes away from him in Dublin," said 22-year-old Dawson, who classes himself as a box-to-box midfielder.
"I have played against him all through my career for 15 or 16 years, so it was nice to see familiar face, which helps when you are moving away from home. We have moved in together and had a nice Christmas together. We had chicken and pasta for Christmas dinner – that's what happens when two lads who don't know how to cook live together."
Yeovil have signed young Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan on a one-month loan deal.
An all-action, tough left- footed player, Dolan can play in midfield or defence and is an excellent header of the ball.
He was awarded a four-year professional contract in 2010 and is the captain of Boro's under-21 side.