Connacht have signed Exeter Chiefs lock Aly Muldowney on a three-year contract.
Muldowney has been playing in the Aviva Premiership for the last two years with the Chiefs and played in five of their Heineken Cup games this season.
The 29-year-old is qualified for Ireland by virtue of his father being born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, and Connacht CEO Tom Sears is delighted that he will be joining their squad next season.
"Aly is a player we have looked at for some time; our coaching staff have watched him a lot and identified him as one of our key recruitment targets," Sears said.
"Pat Lam has also been kept in the loop and is delighted he will have Aly in his squad for next season.
"He is a very physical, ball carrying Irish qualified lock who gets through an enormous amount of work and we have managed to get him to Connacht ahead of stiff competition from several sides in the Aviva Premiership and elsewhere.
"We are putting a great deal of work into a recruitment for next year and finding a leading Irish qualified player to bolster our options in the second row was one of the priorities. We are looking to recruit further at lock and other positions and are looking at a number of potential signings before next season."
Muldowney added: "I'm very much looking forward to joining the club, improving my rugby and adding what I can to the squad.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Chiefs, they are a great club and have a really good squad. Rob (Baxter) and Ali (Hepher) have really helped me improve my game over the last two years. I have watched Connacht play in the Heineken Cup this year and they are a really tough side with some great players."