Wasps have announced South Africa centre Juan de Jongh has agreed to join the club after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

Wasps to welcome De Jongh

Wasps to welcome De Jongh

The Coventry-based outfit have wasted little time in improving their squad following last Saturday's heart-breaking extra-time Premiership Grand Final defeat to Exeter Chiefs.

Wasps head coach Dai Young has made improving his backs his main priority after Kurtley Beale and Alapati Leiua left the club, while Nick De Luca has retired.

De Jongh will look to fill part of the void when he eventually arrives at the club, the 29-year-old deciding to swap southern hemisphere rugby for the Premiership after 94 Super Rugby appearances for the Stormers.

De Jongh has been capped 19 times since his debut in 2010 while he was also part of the South Africa sevens team that won bronze at the 2016 Olympics.

The centre tore his medial collateral ligament in pre-season but has since made a full recovery and is excited to take on the challenge of playing for Wasps next season.

"I can't wait to play for such an amazing club as Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and am relishing the ultimate challenge that lies ahead," said De Jongh.

"Wasps has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players, and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game.

"From everything I've heard, Wasps sounds like a fantastic place and a perfect fit for any top end athlete to be. Having watched their last couple of games, I believe there is a lot to look forward to at the club.

"Hopefully I can add some experience and energy to an already well-established and talented side and hopefully we can start pushing towards European and Premiership success. I am 100 per cent focused on what I want to achieve on the field next season and can't wait to get started."