Former London Welsh prop Franck Montanella has joined the Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old, who earned one cap for France in 2007, began his career at RC Narbonne in 2001 before going on represent a number of clubs, including Stade Francais where he spent two seasons.
Montanella was a standout performer for the Exiles last season, and Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards is understandably happy to have him in the North East.
"He's a solid scrummager and he brings a lot of experience to the club having played in the French leagues where it can be a hostile environment for props to play their rugby," Richards told Newcastle's official website.
"I'm delighted to have him on board and I'm looking forward to working with him this season."
Montanella admits he's delighted to have secured his stay in the Aviva Premiership for another season.
"Newcastle Falcons has a great reputation in the game, and I can't wait to join up with my new teammates," he said.
"There is a superb coaching set-up at Newcastle with Dean Richards in charge, and after a good experience with London Welsh I'm delighted to be back playing in the Aviva Premiership this season."