American international outside back Blaine Scully has been handed a four-month trial deal with the Leicester Tigers.
The 25-year-old has been training with the club for a few weeks and made his full debut for the Tigers on Friday night against Montpellier having previously turned out for them during the JP Morgan 7s.
Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has now been impressed sufficiently to reward Scully with a full-time deal.
"He has been here for the last three weeks and he has fitted in really well," Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.
"He has worked very hard at his game and we have agreed a contract with him until the end of December.
"It is for four months and, if he pushes on, which we think he will, he obviously has a great opportunity to extend that for the rest of the season and beyond.
"It also gives us a good chance to have a look at him within the environment.
"He is a really good guy. We were impressed with his attitude at the 7s and this contract works well for him and it works well for us too.
"He just wants to learn and, with Geordan Murphy just joining the coaching set-up, and Blaine being a full-back-winger, he is just soaking it all up.
"He also gives Geordy something to get his teeth into.
"Blaine is a bit like Niall Morris. He is big, physical and strong. He is very reliable and is good with the ball.
"He makes his tackles and we think there is enough there to give him the opportunity to improve, which he feels he has already done in the three weeks he has been here."