St Etienne have completed the signing of Jonathan Brison from their Ligue 1 rivals Nancy on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The move is the first of the 28-year-old's career, as he is a product of Nancy's academy system.
He made over 170 appearances for the club during a 10-year spell, but has taken the decision to make a fresh start at a club he considers to be among the best in France.
He told his new club's official website: "I was made very welcome. Everyone quickly put me at ease.
"I am very happy to join a legendary club. In terms of ranking, ASSE is the best in France."
Brison is looking forward to making his mark at a new club, with it his intention to force his way into St Etienne's first team plans as quickly as possible.
"It's true that I haven't played much in Ligue 1 in recent weeks," he said.
"That said, I played with the reserve team last week. I feel pretty sharp.
"I am available to the coach. I join a squad that has managed a very nice start to the season. But as the coach said, everyone has a chance. It's up to me to grasp it when it arises."