New Anorthosis Famagusta FC signing Mark Fotheringham told uefa.com he is excited by the possibility of playing UEFA Champions League football for the Cypriot title hopefuls next season.
Anorthosis made history last season when they became the first club from Cyprus to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. After missing out this term, Slavoljub Muslin's side are handily placed for a return to Europe's premier club competition, trailing leaders AC Omonia by just a point after 13 matches.
"I'm here because I want to win things in my career," Fotheringham, who will become the first Briton to play for Anorthosis since Dave Swindlehurst in 1987, told uefa.com. "There is also the chance to play Champions League football and this is a great challenge for me. Anorthosis have one of the best coaches in Europe who has worked with some of the best players. I hope that I can learn more from him. They also have the best club president [Antonis Demetriou] that I have ever met."
The 26-year-old, who will officially join the Division A outfit in January, is plying his trade with Dundee United FC on a short-term deal ahead of his move to the Mediterranean island. After progressing through the youth ranks at Celtic FC in 1999, the Scottish midfielder had spells with Dundee FC as well as in Germany and Switzerland with SC Freiburg and FC Aarau before joining Norwich City FC in 2007.
Fotheringham says team spirit was one of the main attractions behind the latest move of his career. "The team may not have stars but they are all quality players who work really hard for the team," he added. "That is something that I really like about the club. Cypriot football has definitely improved a lot. You only have to look at how APOEL played against Chelsea [drawing 2-2] to see how far football here has come. Anorthosis had a great run in Europe last year, beating Panathinaikos [3-1] and holding Inter to a draw. This shows what a good level football is at here."
The former Norwich captain also has no worries about leaving the British Isles following his experiences with Freiburg and Aarau. "I don't feel that I will have any trouble adapting here in Cyprus," he continued. "I have played abroad in countries like Germany and Switzerland. Obviously, Cyprus will be another new experience but I am very determined to start playing again. I need to rest my foot injury first, which kept me out of some games at Dundee United, but I really can't wait to start playing again."
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