Brett Holman admits it has taken a while to become comfortable with media focus and attention.
Now he has taken the next step by moving to the Premier League and although his debut could be put on hold because of a leg injury sustained playing for the Socceroos against Scotland on Wednesday, he is now much more relaxed in the spotlight.
"You grow into it, and maybe sometimes it takes a while," the 28-year old told the Daily Telegraph.
"It's like you are as a player I guess, you become better (at dealing with the media attention) but it doesn't happen overnight.
"There's a gradual increase in your profile, the spotlight shines on you a bit more each time and eventually you get used to it. There's more to come, I know that, the Premier League is as big as it gets for being under scrutiny.
"But I'm more comfortable with it now, I'm older and if you feel a bit more appreciated it can make you a bit more confident."