Marcel Brache had some big decisions to make before joining the Western Force.
Not only would he be leaving his home in South Africa but the dream of playing in the 2015 World Cup would be over.
Brache, a centre who has signed for two years from the Stormers and Western Province, was born in Los Angeles and moved to South Africa when he was four, making him eligible for the US Eagles.
But as a Force overseas development player he has now committed to Australian rugby.
"It was a big decision but rugby is a short career," Brache said.
"I've been lucky in terms of how I have progressed as a player.
"To be given the chance of playing professionally is my ultimate goal and if higher honours come then I'll take it with both hands.
"There is so much you can experience travelling the world, meeting new people, having a new start and that can only benefit you as a player and a person."
The Force's two assistant coaches, Dave Wessels and Kevin Foote, had a big influence on Brache's decision.
Wessels worked with the Stormers and both men previously coached University of Cape Town, where Brache also played.
"I was quite tight-knit with them and when they asked me to come over and join them in the journey I couldn't say no," Brache said. "It was a great opportunity."
Force coach Michael Foley may look at Brache to fill the troublesome outside centre spot even though he has spent much of his career in the No 12 jumper.
"The way they want to play I think 13 would be a good fit for me," Brache said. "I'm looking forward to adapting to different ideas in the game."
There is a distinct South African flavour to Force pre-season training.
As well as the two coaches, there are already eight players with South African backgrounds in the Super squad and two more in the wider playing group.
"Maybe we'll have a couple of calls in Afrikaans when we play Australian teams … just kidding," Brache said.
"It (having the South African players) is a good fit and the Aussie boys have been extremely welcoming."