Queensland Reds have confirmed the signing of forward Caleb Timu from NRL outfit Brisbane Broncos.
The 22-year-old was released from his contract with the Broncos on Thursday and his signing with Reds until the end of 2017 was confirmed shortly after.
Timu is from a rugby background and has signed as a loose forward, a position he played as a student.
"I am pleased to be returning to rugby and joining the Reds," he said.
"I know some of the players from schoolboy rugby and am looking forward to joining the team. I'm grateful to the Broncos for their understanding and their support of my rugby ambitions."
Reds are struggling with just one win from six Super Rugby matches this season and take on Bulls and Stormers in upcoming outings.
Timu will train with Reds at their Ballymore base, however, before joining the main squad on their return from South Africa.
"We're pleased to be able to welcome Caleb back to rugby and to the Reds," Reds executive general manager Daniel Herbert said.
"He is a dynamic footballer and someone we've tracked since his high school days. We expect he will offer a lot to our side over the next two years, as we continue to build our program.
"Caleb will spend the next two weeks working intensively with [assistant coach] Brad Thorn to refamiliarise himself with rugby and will train with the Reds main squad on their return from the African tour."