Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry has joined Plymouth on a three-month loan deal.
The highly-rated 20-year-old, who this week pledged his international future to Australia rather than Republic of Ireland, has yet to make a senior appearance for Villa.
He had little chance of breaking into the side in the near future after Martin O'Neill brought in a number of defensive reinforcements during the summer transfer window.
The decision has therefore been made for Lowry to gain experience with the Pilgrims in the Championship, and he could make his debut against Newcastle on Saturday.
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock is delighted to have recruited a player with such massive potential, saying: "Defensively, we are very short and we need to make sure we have players coming in.
"He has got real potential and he wants to do well. He has played with Alan Judge and Cillian Sheridan in the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side, and they have waxed lyrical about him.
"Our scouts have also given us some very good reports, so he is a welcome addition."