It turns out all that was needed to convince Emile Heskey to move to Newcastle Jets and a new life in Australia was a quiet word with Robbie Fowler.
The former England target man, a favourite of the Premier League betting community, told Fox Sports News he was intrigued by the prospect of sampling culture Down Under once he had spoken with the former Perth Glory and North Queensland marquee signing.
Heskey is best remembered for his first full season with Liverpool when he scored 22 goals in all competitions to help the Merseyside giants collect the treble of the League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup.
Either side of that spell at Anfield he has endured peaks and troughs in front of goal, but Gerard Houllier, Sven Goran Eriksson, Martin O’Neill and Fabio Capello all decided he was worth the plunge.
Now, the 34-year-old is charged with the task of helping Newcastle Jets take that next step forward.
He brings with him a wealth of top-flight experience and, with no language barrier, the transition at which he settles in should not become an obstacle.
He may not bring the swagger and panache of Alessandro del Piero but his contribution could be equally as important.
Jets coach Gary van Egmond has now assembled a young and exciting squad – think James Brown, Josh Brillante, Ben Kantarovski, Adam Taggart and Mitch Cooper – and the arrival of Heskey, viewed as the older head, could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business.
The word in and around the Hunter is that anything less than a top-five position and Finals appearance will be deemed a failure.
Heskey must quickly latch on to that expectation if the Jets are to prosper and achieve success in the AFC Champions League.