Forward Ally Hogg has agreed to leave Edinburgh and join Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old, capped 48 times by Scotland, played his final game for the club on Sunday as they slipped to a 37-28 defeat against leaders Leinster.
Hogg, who missed the RBS 6 Nations championship this year through injury, admitted he is itching to test himself in the Guinness Premiership.
"I've enjoyed my eight years at Edinburgh," said Hogg. "I've learned my trade here and played with a lot of great players in a good few teams.
"I am sad to go but I'm looking forward to the new challenge I'll face at Newcastle."
New Falcons coach Alan Tait welcomed the signing adding: "Ally is a vastly experienced top international player who ticks all the boxes for us.
"He is a natural leader, a fantastic footballer and a real dynamic presence with the ability to play at either No.8 or on the flank."