Exeter have announced the signing of hooker Greg Bateman, who joins the Premiership side from London Welsh.
The hooker, who celebrates his 24th birthday today, has agreed a two-year deal with the Devon club after spending the past two seasons with the Exiles following previous stints with Dorking, Rosslyn Park (loan) and Harlequins' Academy.
Bateman is Exeter's fifth new signing following the earlier captures of Fetu'u Vainikolo (Connacht), Dave Lewis (Gloucester), Tom James and Ceri Sweeney (Cardiff Blues).
And Bateman's move has been welcomed by Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter, who has been keep to bolster his options for the number two jersey following the retirement of Simon Alcott and Neil Clark's departure to French side Oyonnax.
"When we look at bringing in fresh players we look to bring in players that complement each other or add something different," said Baxter, who could also utilise Bateman as a prop if necessary.
"With Greg having a relatively recently conversion from tighthead prop - he's Premiership level in that position - what we see is a bigger guy with a big scrummaging background, but his biggest strength is his ball carrying.
"He's also got things to work on, he's aware of that, probably based around the movement patterns around the pitch we'd expect of him as a hooker and the extended work-rate we'd expect in comparison to a tighthead prop.
"We're looking at the positives of what he can add first and foremost and he's a guy who was bang on form at the end of a tough season for London Welsh. I think he'll fit in very well here. He started work yesterday and, like everyone else, he starts with a clean sheet, will get stuck in and we'll see what happens for him."