The Philippines international midfielder Iain Ramsay admitted that he is enjoying life at Tractor Sazi, where he is also impressed by Iranian Persian Gulf League standard.
Ramsay, who previously played for Australian side Melbourne City, joined the Tabriz-based outfit in this summer and has made his debut in a 3-1 away victory over Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz in last August.
“Tractor Sazi a massive club and the fan base is very big, they sing nonstop in the game,” the 27-year-old Australian-Filipino told The Guardian.
“So you want to perform at your best for more than 30,000 fans, depending on the game. I didn’t know a lot about the Iranian league before I came but I have been pleasantly surprised.
“It was done in a matter of days and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been enjoying it so far, it’s been a great experience. There are a lot of players with great technical ability and it is not as easy as some people may think,” he added.
“The (Australian) A-League is a tough league but this has more teams, more games and it is a tight competition. I am improving as a footballer here. Football is massive in Iran.”
The Azkals star also revealed that he has not found any difficulties to adapt to the Iranian culture as he had a similar abroad experience when he was young.
“My family was supportive, when I told them I was going to Iran,” said Ramsay. “When I was 17, I went to Scotland for a few years and wherever I have been, they have been supportive.
“The people here in Iran are very friendly and I get by easily. All the foreigners, I am one of four, talk English. Some of the Iranian players do too and it is easy to settle.”