Daniel Georgievski says he chose Newcastle Jets because they offered something different to other clubs in the A-League.
Newcastle sit second on the A-League table on 37 points with a game-in-hand and will lock horns with Western Sydney Wanderers away on Friday night.
Georgievski has played 11 games for the Jets this season and will be celebrating his 30th birthday on Saturday.
The fullback played his final game for Melbourne Victory in the grand final last season, where he fell short of winning his second A-League championship, but claimed the Joe Marston Medal.
It was announced before Round 25 last season that Georgievski would be leaving Victory for Newcastle and the Macedonian-Aussie always knew it was the right call.
“I just wanted one thing when it came around January last year, I said ‘I want to know my fate before the end of the season’,” Georgievski told FourFourTwo.
“This whole Australian way of ‘let’s wait until the end of the season to decide where you’ll go’ for me is absolute bullcrap, Newcastle made the approach early on and they were doing something different that other clubs should learn from.
“I appreciated the way it was all taken in, we had meetings with Joel Griffiths and Lawrie McKinna and I heard through the league that Newcastle had spoken to players that wanted to build for the next year.
“When that happened, I thought ‘this is a good fit’. Other teams which I won’t name told me ‘wait until the end of the season’ and I said ‘no, that’s not what I want’. I’m not talking about money or anything else, I want to know my fate.
“I need someone to show me 100 per cent, not 70 per cent – which one of the clubs said. Not 50 – 50… that’s not what I want to hear. If you can’t answer that question, what’s going to happen when we negotiate?
"Newcastle came forward, I loved what the future-planning was and I didn’t make a mistake because look where we are.”
Table-topping Sydney FC will have a minimum nine point lead at the end of the round, depending on the Jets’ result against the Wanderers.
Georgievski acknowledged not many people would have had Newcastle to be second at the end of Round 20, but felt the playing group were always confident they would perform well.
Melbourne City are playing catch-up behind them, but sit on 33 points with one game ahead.
“It’s easy to say ‘we’re going to try make finals’ before the season, every player says that,” he said.
“You can’t plan the future, but I just had a really good feeling and my gut feeling has always been right because when I’ve chosen the right path because of a good feeling, I’ve ended up in championship teams.
“Teams that weren’t up there at the start of the season, but we ended up winning it or ended up qualifying for something. I’ll always follow my gut and I can honestly say I’m not surprised where we are. After my first day in pre-season I could sense something different.”
Georgievski also said the transition to living in the city of Newcastle has been seamless and dubbed it as a laidback town.
“I’ve always tried to just stay the same, I think I’ve managed to achieve things with that attitude, you learn from past mistakes etcetera, but what’s worked for me is just to have fun,” The former Macedonian international said.
“When I haven’t played well, it’s probably because I’ve been overthinking something. It hasn’t changed me, if anything, it’s made me fall in love with football again and I fall in love with it over and over again which is great.
“Because of that it shows on the pitch and the boys are really cool. We all get along, in every team, there are always little groups, but I think us as a whole, the boys who are married or living a bit further out… everyone is super cool and super close and it shows on the pitch.”