Damien Duff eager to begin Melbourne odyssey
"I can't wait for the big move," he told the Star.
"It's a new chapter in my career and for my family as well and of course I'm looking forward to it."
The Ballyboden native was in Irishtown Stadium on Saturday raising money for charities such as Heart Children Ireland and Aoibheann's Pink Tie.
Duff's own three-year-old son Woody was born with a congenital heart defect which required surgery at six months.
When the surgery was scheduled it clashed with Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Armenia but his wife Elaine (30) convinced him to play the game.
"It was a really hard time. I was saying, 'I can't change [the date of] my son's heart operation to play for Ireland'," he said in an interview recently.
"It just didn't sit right with me. I didn't want to mess with fate.
"I was thinking that if we put it (the surgery) back a week, it mightn't work the next week - it's just the weird way the mind works.
"But my wife talked me around and we did it the week after."
To donate to Heart Children Ireland click here, To support Aoibheann's Pink Tie you can text 'Aoibheann' to 50300 to donate €2.