Edinburgh have announced the signing of 23-year-old Australian born winger Alex Northam who has clocked up speeds for 100m is 10.69 seconds.
Northam arrives from west coast French club La Rochelle, where he has been on loan in recent months from Sydney outfit North Harbour Rays.
Northam said: “I’m looking forward to joining the club and especially keen to work with Alan. We’ve talked about developing my game and he feels he can really help me.
“The boys here have told me the club’s moving in the right direction and they’ve got a good team atmosphere.
“What am I looking to add to the mix? I’m hoping to bring my speed and pace to the game, to execute and finish on some of the backline plays.”
The former Australian U20 international, widely regarded as a superb finisher with blistering pace, joins the capital club on the back of five outings for the Top 14 club, including three European fixtures.
Prior to starting the season with the Rays, for whom he touched down on three occasions, Northam spent two seasons with Manly, racking up a total of 21 tries.
Nicknamed Road Runner by a Manly team-mate, he enjoyed a spell in the Australian Sevens programme, including an outing at the 2014 Singapore Sevens playing for the Penguins invitational side.
As an Australia U20 international in 2013 he was in the side edged by Ireland U20 at the Junior World Cup – Northam bagged a converted try while one of Ireland’s scores came from a young Rory Scholes, also signed to Edinburgh for next season.
Head coach Alan Solomons said: “Alex is a welcome addition to the club.
“He is a young wing with exceptional pace, who has played for Australia at U20 level and has, this past season, gained valuable experience in the Top 14.
“I believe he will add a vital edge to our attack and look forward to having him with us next season."