Gloucester have won the race to sign Scotland second row Jim Hamilton on a two-year deal from Edinburgh.
The 27-year-old had been strongly linked to a move to Stade Francaise, however he has been lured back to the Guinness Premiership by Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath.
Hamilton, who played graduated through the Leicester academy set-up before moving to Edinburgh, will now battle with the likes of Dave Attwood, Alex Brown and Will James for a place in the second row.
And the powerhouse lock, who has been capped 28 times, is relishing the chance to impress at Kingsholm.
"It feels good to get this sorted and I'm delighted to be joining Gloucester," Hamilton said.
"As a club Gloucester ticks all the right boxes for a player - a proud history, a passionate set of supporters and a ground like Kingsholm, which is a really special place to play rugby.
"I met up with Bryan and Carl [Hogg] and what they said about how they want to play the game and the values they want to see in their team really struck a chord.
"I know Brett Deacon well from my time at Leicester and he was equally positive about the set-up. It will be great to join up with Brett again and meet up with my new team-mates in a few weeks."
Redpath believes the arrival of Hamilton will add 'world-class quality' to his side's pack.
"I'm exceptionally pleased to have signed Jim," said Redpath.
"He's a huge physical presence who will add world-class quality to our pack.
"Any player of Jim's calibre is going to attract a number of offers, but the fact that he's chosen to move to Kingsholm after coming down to look around and meet us is a great endorsement of the direction that Gloucester are heading in.
"It was important that we take our time and get our final piece of recruitment for next season right, and in Jim we've got somebody who will contribute to our environment in a significant way both on and off the field."