Edinburgh have completed the signing of Irish prop John Andress from Worcester Warriors on a two-year deal.
The Ireland A cap has previously worked with Edinburgh coach Alan Solomans at Ulster and welcomed the chance to link-up again with him at Murrayfield.
The 6ft 2in, 18-stone tighthead has also featured for Exeter and Harlequins and is relishing his next challenge in Scotland.
"I'm really excited about joining Edinburgh. It's a fantastic rugby club in a great city," said Andress.
"I know how good a coach Alan Solomons is and what he brings to the table so I'm delighted to get a chance to work under his guidance again.
"He feels that the club has a good infrastructure in place and is now looking to build on it.
"I've earned a lot of experience in two very tough scrummaging leagues and I'm keen to be part of this vision to build a successful club and work with the younger guys and help them develop."
Solomons said: "John is well known to me from my time in Ulster when he was a young boy playing under-20 rugby.
"He came through the age-grades in Ireland and then, in my opinion, did the right thing in signing for Exeter who were playing in the Championship.
"After a couple of successful years there he joined Harlequins and Worcester in the Premiership, which means he comes to us with a lot of tight-head experience earned in the two very competitive divisions.
"He is an outstanding scrummager, but is also good around the field. I think he will bring a lot to this club. We need depth in that tighthead position, and he'll give us a lot of experience in that role."