Danny Holla turned down the chance to stay in Holland for three more years to test himself in England with Albion.
Den Haag were keen to secure his future at the start of the year, midway through his second season with the top flight Dutch club.
Holla wanted to spread his wings and signed a three-year contract with the Seagulls last weekend.
The holding midfielder, who impressed on his debut for Albion in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Leeds, revealed to The Argus: "I had the option in January to get three more years there (Den Haag) but I played a lot of games in Holland, 200 games.
"I wanted to go abroad and see how football in other countries is. I hope I can improve here.
"In Holland you see see all the stadiums (In England) , you know all the teams, and it gives me new challenges. I think that's good for me.
"I look at a lot of English games. The crowd is amazing and I love to play in those situations. The tempo of the football is high and I also like that."
Holla's record in recent seasons with Den Haag, FC Groningen and VVV Venlo on loan indicates Albion have signed an adaptable midfielder who could become their chief free-kick and penalty taker.
He might also get suspended, having accumulated 27 yellow cards and a red in his last four seasons in the Netherlands.
Holla said: "I'm a defensive midfielder but sometimes I also like to go in the box and score some goals. I have scored some free-kicks and penalties so I hope I can do it also here at Brighton."