Dundee United’s new loan defender Charlie Seaman has now sampled Scottish football in the raw.
But the wind and rain of Somerset Park, and a disappointing defeat for his new team, have not put the young Bournemouth full-back off the game north of the border.
After an early onslaught down his side of the pitch at Ayr, Seaman grew into the game, with a few energetic bursts up the right touchline giving United fans a hint of what is to come from him in the next few months.
And he is well aware that nights like Friday are part of the job description he has signed up for.
“The conditions were nothing that I hadn’t been used to,” he said.
“Coming from Bournemouth on loan, it was always going to different.
“I knew what it was going to be like. It was a good experience to learn different sides of the game. In England, you don’t really come up against teams that are as direct as Ayr
“The boys were saying to me welcome to Scottish football!
“It was a great experience for me to come and learn about Scottish football and play in a different league.”
Seaman revealed that he made his debut without even having had a training session with his new team-mates.
“I got a call on Wednesday to say I had to pack my bags and go to Scotland the next day,” he explained. “So I just jumped on a plane and came up.
“Bournemouth have obviously got great players in the first team so I wanted to get out and learn different aspects of the game, so when I go back, potentially I have a better chance of breaking into the first team.
“I haven’t actually trained with the squad yet. I stayed overnight and then played.
“This was actually my first time meeting the boys. They were all really friendly and welcoming.
“I want to try and settle down now and get to know the area and the boys.”
Meanwhile, manager Robbie Neilson, who continues to be linked with a move for former Aberdeen winger Peter Pawlett, has confirmed that Fraser Fyvie’s substitution on Friday night was a tactical one rather than as a consequence of an injury.