The Reds have secured the signature of Wallabies lock Kane Douglas for the next three years, adding further depth to their forward stocks.
The 26-year-old brings with him significant experience, having already played 75 Super Rugby matches and 14 Tests since making the step up to professional rugby in 2010.
Douglas made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2010 and played his first Test for the Wallabies in 2012. In 2014 he made the decision to experience rugby overseas and moved to Leinster to play in the PRO12 competition.
Douglas has returned to Australian shores and said he was looking forward to this next chapter of his life on and off the field.
“It’s going to be a new challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I know a heap of the Reds guys from playing with them at the Wallabies.
“The forward pack has been going really well and I’ve heard good things about what they’re building, so I’m looking forward to contributing to it.”
Originally from Yamba in northern New South Wales, Douglas said he was looking forward to plying his trade closer to friends and family.
“My family is up that way so I’m sure they’ll be getting out to watch me play a bit more often," he added.
"I’m looking forward to living in Brisbane."
While personal circumstance was a contributing factor to Douglas’ decision to join the Reds, head coach Richard Graham said he was also genuine about his ambitions.
“Sometimes circumstances align and they work in your favour," explained Graham.
"Sometimes they don’t. In the case of Kane we consider ourselves fortunate in that his family are living in Queensland.
“That being said, he is an ambitious young guy and has demonstrated how genuine he is by committing to the Reds for three seasons.
"He has made it clear that he wants to be part of an aspirational program and he can be a strong driver in helping us as we move forward.
“He plays the game in an abrasive manner yet at the same time has good awareness and skill.
"His stint overseas with Leinster will have exposed him to new areas in the game and that will have assisted his development even further.
“We know Kane is aspirational to represent his country again. Following any potential Wallabies duties, we are looking forward to seeing him in our program at Ballymore and wearing a Reds jersey.”