Bruce Djite believes a greater understanding of training expectations and his family joining him in South Korea will spark a successful second season with Suwon FC.
With the 2016 K League season having finished in November, Djite is back in Australia and looking forward to his second campaign in South Korea where he hopes to lead Suwon back to the top division.
Suwon were relegated in their first season in the top tier - the K League Classic - with Djite unable to help save the club, despite scoring five goals in 13 matches after joining midway through the campaign.
While frustrated at the prospect of playing in the K League Challenge - South Korea's second division - next year, Djite believes he has "an obligation" to fight for promotion.
The 29-year-old striker will take his family with him when he heads over for pre-season for the 2017 season and claims it will be "massive" to have them in South Korea after leaving them in Australia this year.
"That was the hardest part, going there without them. That was by far and away the hardest," he told Goal Australia.
Djite speaks in glowing terms about the South Koreans - "they're the friendliest people I've ever met" - and the standard of football - "the Korean players are good - all of them" - but conceded he found their training methods "exceptionally rigorous".
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But with his experience and a burgeoning rapport with Suwon's staff, Djite is confident he can get the best out of himself in 2017.
"There's no management of the training loads, so it's pretty full on," he said.
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The former Adelaide United centre-forward added: "You build that relationship with the medical department and the coaches… then you can sort of manage it a bit better. Because at the end of the day, you've got to be in the best condition for the game, so having been there and building relationships with the coaches will help me with that."
Djite also owes a lot to fellow A-League alumnus Adrian Leijer.
The ex-Melbourne Victory captain was already at Suwon when the club approached Djite and Leijer's prior knowledge was critical for his fellow Australian to adapt as quickly as possible.
"Having Adrian there is massive. I mean, if he wasn't there maybe I don't even go because he filled me in on everything - the club, the city, all that before I even went. They called me on the Saturday and I flew on the Sunday, so it was a big decision," Djite said.