Edinburgh have announced the signing of Scotland A prop David Young from Gloucester on a two-year contract.
The 24-year-old will leave the Guinness Premiership club at the end of the season having only joined them from Leicester last summer.
The Belfast-born forward, who grew up in Glenrothes, becomes head coach Andy Robinson’s fourth recruit of 2009.
Young said: “I’ve been away from Scotland since I was 19 – I had a few years at Leicester and a season at Gloucester – and I felt moving back and playing for Edinburgh was the right choice.
“I’ve worked with Andy Robinson and Rob Moffat before with Scotland A and I was really impressed by both of them.
“Edinburgh are moving in the right direction. They have got a young squad who are full of ambition.
“I just want to be a part of that and I think Edinburgh is the right environment for me to come on as a player.
“I’m still a young tighthead and now I want to challenge for a place in the Edinburgh team.
“I realise the importance of playing week in, week out in front of the national selectors and that played a part in my decision.
“I have aspirations and ambitions to get capped at Test level and, if I can take my opportunity, then Edinburgh will provide the right platform for me to achieve my career goals.”
Robinson said: “I’ve worked with David before with Scotland A and he really impressed me.
“He is a young player with a lot of potential and, if he continues to work hard and develop, looks set to have a bright future with Edinburgh.
“If young players work hard enough and are determined to improve then they will be given a chance.”