The Queensland Reds have locked up a replacement for the departing James Horwill by signing Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville.
The 26-year-old has made 44 Super Rugby appearances since making his debut in 2012, and will fill the gap left by former Wallaby skipper Horwill, who is off to Harlequins at the end of the season.
While Neville is uncapped, he has been called into train with the Wallabies on a number of occasions, and Reds coach Richard Graham believes he has the size and potential to flourish in Brisbane.
"I have had my eye on Cadeyrn for a number of seasons back as far as 2011 when he was reasonably new to his rugby career,” said Graham.
"At a touch over 2m tall and 120kg, he is a big man. We’ve seen over the past few seasons that a lot of tight-five forwards have been poached by overseas clubs, however Cadeyrn has aspirations here in Australia and he believes the best environment for him to achieve those is here at the Reds.
"James (Horwill) has been a significant part of the Reds program since 2006, but at some stage his career at Ballymore was going to end.
"Due to his transparency and willingness to work with the Reds, it provided us with time to go about our recruitment. This has allowed us to search and attract a very good replacement in Cadeyrn."
“I’m looking forward to joining a team and forward pack, in particular, with many experienced Wallabies and some talented up-and-comers,” added Neville.