Southampton have secured the services of Plymouth stalwart Paul Wotton on a three-year deal.
The versatile 30-year-old joined Argyle as a trainee in 1994 and has gone on to make 438 appearances for the club, scoring 63 goals.
Wotton started out as a central defender but has operated as a holding midfielder in recent years, helping Argyle remain in the Championship since promotion in 2004.
The former Plymouth skipper was released at the end of last season, though, allowing him to become Saints' third summer signing after veteran defender Chris Perry and former Derby midfielder Lee Holmes.
"I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Southampton," Wotton told the club's official website.
"I was available on a free and there was interest from other clubs, but as soon as I heard Southampton wanted me I came down for talks."
Saints are hoping new manager Jan Poortvliet will be ready to take charge next week, although his assistant Mark Wotte has already been at work, convincing Wotton to move to St Mary's.
"I met Mark yesterday and he spoke very well," said Wotton. "I was impressed by him and the way he wants to play football, and how he sees me fitting in.
"This is all very new for me because I have been at Plymouth a long time, but I will bring a fair bit of experience and I am really looking forward to being part of what's happening here."
As well as being an established Championship player, Wotte feels he is an ideal role model.
"He is a very responsible player, both on and off the field," he added. "He is a strong character and a leader.
"He was Plymouth's captain and we need experienced players to help guide our youngsters."