TOWERING new stopper Maciej Gostomski admits a break from football five years ago has made his dream move to Britain even sweeter.
The Pole signed for Rangers after just two training sessions with Mark Warburton’s side and says his days as a fisherman made him forever grateful for the job he loves but also keen to pursue his ambitions.
This is “Magic’s” first move away from his country since starting his career with Legia Warsaw, where an interesting incident with a pineapple also proved a turning point.
The 6’5 keeper was photographed throwing the fruit out of a window and it was splashed across Polish front pages the next day.
The 27-year-old said: “That break from the game was when I was about 22-years-old; I wasn’t playing in a good league or at a good club. I met bad people, bad agents and made bad decisions.
“I wanted to stop playing because Poland isn’t so good if you’re not at a good club and in a good league.
“You need to work to make money so I had in my mind that I should stop and go to work.
“I was for six months, I trained every day and did my stuff and then I was working as well as a fisherman.”
“After that I was fit, my mind was clean and I played two good seasons and Lech came in for me so I was very happy.”
“Those six months gave me a lot, now every day I train, every club I go to and every contract I get seems better.”
“I am happy and feel that working every morning as a fisherman for small money made me realise how great being a footballer is.
“This pineapple story was a long time ago; it was when I was 17 and playing for Legia Warsaw.
“I was at a party and I was dumb but really I did nothing and the next day I said sorry to everybody.
“In Poland they made it so big, it was a small incident in my opinion but of course it has followed me to Rangers nearly 10 years later!”
Moving away from Poland was a conscious decision Gostomski took before he picked Rangers as his club of choice.
Despite his near perfect English he is keen to improve his language skills already and is eager when it comes to his football too.
The goalkeeper has been snatched up on a six month deal but he is hoping his career in Scotland stretches way beyond that.
He said: “My goal is win this league, then go to the Premiership and then maybe I will stay for longer because my contract is only for half a season. If I do well then maybe I will stay, that is my dream.
“I like challenges, I am 27-years-old so I thought it was a good moment to go somewhere away from my country and to see other culture, see other leagues, meet new people and learn the language.”
“So when Rangers said they wanted me I didn’t think twice, I can learn a lot here so it’s great for me.
“Last season we won the league in Poland and I was playing a lot and then this year I have only played five games.
“It’s always the same at every club because there are three or four goalkeepers going for one place.
“The competition is normal and Wes is playing all of the games now but I will do whatever I can to play and to get Rangers to the Premiership. If I get a chance I will do my best and hopefully impress people.”