Second-rower Calum Green has agreed a move to Leicester Tigers from Newcastle Falcons this summer.
The 28-year-old Green has been among Premiership Rugby’s leading locks in recent seasons with the Falcons, particularly in his work at the set-piece.
Originally from Norwich, Green came through the Tigers academy, leading the team as captain in his final year before moving into senior rugby and made his senior debut for the club at the end of the 2008/09 season as a teenager.
After a spell with Yorkshire Carnegie, he joined Newcastle in 2014 and has made more than 100 first-team appearances for the Falcons.
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy, welcoming Green’s signing, said: “Calum has played a lot of senior rugby with Carnegie and then the Falcons and has firmly established himself as a Premiership player.
“His stats have been particularly good at the lineout in the last couple of seasons and he is a real hard-worker in the forward pack.
“We think he will add a lot to the group here when he returns and we look forward to welcoming him back to Tigers this summer.”
Green said: “Leicester is where my career started and to have the opportunity to return was too good an opportunity to let go by.”
“I know a lot of the players in the squad, coaches and staff and am excited to get back to Welford Road and be called a Tiger once again.
“Geordie is so passionate about the club and I’m looking forward to working under him and alongside the playing group in getting Tigers back to the top.”
Green’s signature sees the Tigers academy graduate join international Noel Reid, as well as Crusaders back-rower Jordan Taufua in committing to the club ahead of next season.
The new trio join Tigers, England and British Lions centre Manu Tuilagi, who recently renewed his deal with the club.