Former Dundee midfielder Nick Ross hopes his move to American second-tier side El Paso Locomotive can provide a lucrative stepping stone to Major League Soccer.
After ending a short stint with Brora Rangers, Ross sealed a move to the newly-formed Texas outfit yesterday on a one-year contract with the option of a further year.
The 27-year-old will report for pre-season with El Paso in January as the club prepares for its 2019 debut in the USL Championship.
Although no promotion to the ring-fenced MLS is available, former Scotland U/21 international Ross hopes making an impression at his new club may catch the eye of clubs higher up the American ladder.
Ross said: “I’m just looking forward to getting over and seeing how the year goes.
“If I play well over there the target is to get into the MLS but that’s everybody’s target so it’s not that easy.There are a lot of good teams at this level. Before he retired recently, Didier Drogba was playing at this level for Phoenix Rising.
“There’s no promotion, which is maybe the only downfall. But if you can get yourself into an MLS team, with the way it’s going and the money they are putting into it, it’s going to be huge.
“With David Beckham getting a team, in the next few years it’s going to be really big.”
Before this move, Ross also had a brief stint in Romania with Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe last summer.
He said: “In football you are so fortunate, you can try to go anywhere in the world and play football.
“I just thought I would try something different. That’s why I ended up in Romania and now I’m going to America.”