Bryson Goodwin says he could have re-signed with South Sydney but playing in England is a new life experience that will keep him motivated.
Goodwin spent five seasons with the Rabbitohs and was part of the club's grand final winning squad in 2014.
After 99 appearances and 33 tries for Souths, the outside back has swapped Redfern for Warrington in the English Super League.
Goodwin said the challenge of playing overseas and the opportunity to travel for his family was a big lure.
"It's a big life experience," he told Inside Sport.
"I've got three kids and a wife, I could have stayed at Souths if I wanted to. There was a deal there to stay. It was our choice to come over here [to England].
"It's a big life experience and for me it's a new challenge. I love trying new things so it keeps me hungry. It's something different every week. I'm really looking forward to it, my wife gets to do some travelling and the same with me hopefully.
"We're going to make the most of it. I'm happy here at Warrington, it's a great club. I've loved my time at Warrington so far."
Goodwin broke into the NRL with Cronulla in 2007 and has played more than 170 games for the Sharks, Bulldogs and Rabbitohs.
South Sydney had a horror season last year with the club missing the top eight, beset by injuries and coach Michael Maguire eventually being replaced by Anthony Siebold.
The 32-year-old hopes the Bunnies can get back to winning ways in 2018.
"It was tough," the centre admitted.
"There was still a good feeling around the club. But losing Greg [Inglis] in the first half of the first game of the year didn't help. Any team that loses a player of that calibre is going to really hurt.
"He was such a big part of the team. We had a disappointing year, we had a lot of quality at Souths too. It just wasn't the year. Hopefully Greg has a big year this year, he's looking good at the moment. Hopefully the boys back there are going really, really well."