Northampton Saints have clinched the signing of centre James Wilson from French outfit Bourgoin, and the New Zealander cannot wait to get started.
Predominantly a centre, Wilson will vie for a place in the Saints midfield along with George Pisi, Tom May and fellow new boys Luther Burrell and Dominic Waldouck.
The 28-year-old has also played at fly half and full back during his time in France and at Southland in his homeland.
"Playing in the Premiership has always been a goal of mine and I can’t wait to join Northampton Saints,” said Wilson.
“The history of the club is something that is very special, and the coaches and squad that I am joining are world class.
“I cannot wait to get out in front of the incredibly passionate fans that I have witnessed on TV and run out at Franklin’s Gardens.”
Wilson began his career with Invacargill club Southland, writing himself into their history, securing the Ranfurly Shield - New Zealand's oldest domestic club honour - with a drop goal against Canterbury last year.
That was the highlight of his eight-year spell with the side, while he also amassed experience in the Southern Hemisphere's premier competition, Super Rugby, with the Highlanders and the Chiefs.
He spent last year playing in the French Top 14 with Bourgoin but has now decide to move to England, and Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes Wilson will be a valuable asset.
He said: “James is an experienced player who has shown his abilities on both sides of the world.
“He reads a game well, brings other players around him into the play and has a strong kicking game, too.
"We have been impressed with what we’ve seen of him and believe that he will fit into our patterns of play and give us options.”