Leigh Centurions have agreed a deal with St Helens to sign back-row forward Atelea Vea on a two-year contract.
The Australian, who has represented Tonga at international level, leaves St Helens after two seasons at Langtree Park.
Vea turned out on 39 occasions for Saints and scored 10 tries following his move from London Broncos in 2015.
Leigh are keen to add some Super League experience to their ranks following promotion ahead of the 2017 campaign and Vea appears to fit the criteria.
Centurions owner Derek Beaumont insists he has always admired the forward and hopes he can help the club to retain their top-flight status.
Beaumont said: "He plays it tough and direct and just has that stereotypical look of a powerhouse player.
"Coming from Saints he is used to being at the top end of the Super League and being part of a good culture amongst top players and that will add to what we are trying to build.
"I have no doubt that the fans will take to him when he dons a Leigh Centurions shirt for the first time."