The ACT Brumbies have recruited a former fringe Wallaby to bolster their second row and add experience to a new-look forward pack next season.
Cadeyrn Neville will make an Australian rugby comeback to link with the Brumbies, who will become the lock's third Super Rugby club.
The 30-year-old has spent the past two years in Japan following stints at both the Melbourne Rebels and the Queensland Reds.
But the Brumbies view him as a key piece of their 2020 recruitment to help fill the void left by Sam Carter (Ireland) and Rory Arnold (France).
Neville will join young guns Darcy Swain and Nick Frost, two-Test Wallaby Blake Enever and Murray Douglas in competing for starting spots in the Brumbies' second-row when the Super Rugby campaign begins.
His 202 centimetre, 120 kilogram frame will add the size the Brumbies crave and his almost 10 years of playing will give the Brumbies some lineout nous.
Brumbies fans peppered coach Dan McKellar with questions about the make up of next year's team at a forum on Wednesday night.
The club is searching for experience to step up in the absence of Arnold, Carter, Christian Lealiifano, David Pocock, Henry Speight and Josh Mann-Rea.
McKellar will need to find a new captain and a new playmaker and a new goal kicker when he ushers in the new generation.
Neville, who has been in Wallabies training squads but didn't get the chance to play a Test, will give the second-row stability as former Australian under-20s duo Swain and Frost begin their careers.
Swain and Frost are using the National Rugby Championship as their launching pad for Brumbies game time, with Swain also taking on the Canberra Vikings captaincy duties.
Frost played for the junior Wallabies at the under-20s world championships earlier this year and the former Canterbury Crusaders development player hopes he can make the leap to Super Rugby.
"The NRC is good experience ... a chance for players to make their mark and prove their point," Frost said.
"I've put on a bit of weight since coming back [from the under-20s], there's a lot more learning to go and seeing what standard I need to be at for Super Rugby.
"I've put on about four kilograms, I need a bit more on but it's helping in contact. I'm at 113 kilograms now and I'm hoping to get to 115 or 116.
"It's about being physical, but I like to play a running game a bit wider. You've still got to be there up front bashing some bodies as well."
The Brumbies are also expected to add 19-year-old Callum MacDonald to their development programs, while the club has been busy finalising deals for their main squad.
Issak Fines, Harry Lloyd and Will Miller have signed contracts in the past month to all but fill the roster.
BRUMBIES 2020 DRAW
January 31: ACT Brumbies v Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
February 7: ACT Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
February 15: ACT Brumbies v Otago Highlanders at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
February 22: Waikato Chiefs v ACT Brumbies at Hamilton, 5.05pm.
March 8: Japan Sunwolves v ACT Brumbies at Osaka, 3.15pm.
March 15: ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs at Canberra Stadium, 4.05pm.
March 21: Auckland Blues v ACT Brumbies at Eden Park, 5.35pm.
March 27: Queensland Reds v ACT Brumbies at Brisbane, 7.15pm.
April 4: ACT Brumbies v Wellington Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
April 12: ACT Brumbies v Argentina Jaguares at Canberra Stadium, 4.05pm.
April 25: Durban Sharks v ACT Brumbies at Durban, 10.05pm.
May 3: Pretoria Bulls v ACT Brumbies at Pretoria, 1.45am.
May 9: ACT Brumbies v Cape Town Stormers at TBC, 7.15pm.
May 15: Melbourne Rebels v ACT Brumbies at Melbourne, 7.15pm.
May 23: NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies at Parramatta, 7.15pm.
May 29: ACT Brumbies v Japan Sunwolves at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.
June 6: Week one finals
June 13: Week two finals
June 20: Grand final