Ulster are already putting plans in place for Marcell Coetzee's rehabilitation after he was ruled out for nine months with an ACL injury.
The South African international was helped from the field in the Sharks' loss to the Lions on Saturday, with the franchise confirming the bad news on Monday that his season was over.
Ulster boss Les Kiss revealed the province have been in contact with Coetzee and that the hard work would now begin to get the 24-year-old back on the field.
"It's an unfortunate incident. We've been in touch with him but we'll let that take its course and worry about what's in front of us here and now. That's the truth of it," Kiss told the Belfast Telegraph.
"It's well documented what's happened but we have to get on with it."
Ulster hope to confirm Coetzee's arrival in Belfast over the coming weeks and praised his response to such a major setback.
"I have been speaking with both Marcell and his agent over the weekend to express our sympathy with the injury," added Operations Manager, Bryn Cunningham.
"It is incredibly unlucky but unfortunately it is the nature of any contact sport.
"We have been discussing rehab schedules and other finer details, but most importantly an arrival time for next season, which will be finalised in the next few weeks.
"Marcell is already taking a positive outlook, such is the character of the individual, and he is really excited about getting fitter and stronger than ever to excel for Ulster next season and beyond."