Watford’s newest recruit says he left behind everything he had wanted with his previous employers in order to to join the Hornets after being swayed by the club’s vision.

Steven Berghuis left Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday after three years at the AFAS Stadium to become the Golden Boys’ tenth summer addition, signing a four-year deal at Vicarage Road for an undisclosed fee.

And after making 74 Eredivisie appearances – scoring 20 times – during his stay with the Cheese Farmers, the 23-year-old is relishing the opportunity to advance himself in England, and specifically in the Premier League.

“I am looking forward to playing here,” he told the Hornets’ website. “I was happy at my old club, I had everything I wanted. But if you want to make steps in your career, you have to prove yourself and this club has a good vision.

“We have a Spanish coach, and I’m a footballing player so they’re the kind of things I had to think about, and I like it.”

The trade path between the Netherlands and England is well worn with the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Marc Overmars thriving on these shores after beginning their careers in their homeland.

And, unsurprisingly, the Apeldoorn-born wideman is excited about the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League against the best full-backs the division has to offer.

He enthused: “This is the biggest competition (Premier League), you have a lot of good teams and you have to prove yourself every week.”

Berghuis, who has twice been an unused substitute for the Oranje after earning full call-ups to the Netherlands national team, says he has enjoyed working with Watford’s new head coach in his first sessions since completing his move.

“He (Quique Sanchez Flores) likes to play football, keep possession and that’s what I like, he is easy going with the coaching and my first training sessions have been good,” he said.