Young Australian prop Tyrel Lomax has joined Melbourne Rebels from Super Rugby rivals Brumbies.
Rebels confirmed the signing of on a two-year deal on Tuesday, commencing in 2017 - the 20-year-old's first professional contract.
The giant front rower, whose father John player NRL with Canberra Raiders, has developed into a key player for Australia's under-20 team in 2015 and 2016.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Melbourne Rebels next month, it's massive for my family and I to sign my first Super Rugby contract," Lomax said.
"The Rebels are an exciting team that are bringing a lot of young players through Super Rugby and, like me, who have committed long term to the culture the Rebels are seeking to create.
"I had a good chat with team-mates while I was on [Australian U20's] tour and they said it was a great program and how much it has done for their development. I'm looking forward to relocating to Melbourne and consider this as a long term commitment to the Rebels."
Rebels coach Tony McGahan added: "Tyrel demonstrated during the recent World Rugby U20’s Championship that he’s a strong scrummager and has well developed core skills for his size.
"We're looking forward to fast tracking his development and providing opportunities for him to transition into Super Rugby next season."