Ballynure man Lewis Stevenson is set to join Exeter Chiefs with immediate effect having been released from his contract with Ulster Rugby by mutual agreement.
The 31-year-old second row, a former pupil at Ballyclare High School, was under contract at the Kingspan Stadium until the end of the season but has made the move to England.
The Larne-born lock made 89 appearances in an Ulster shirt during a five-year spell, scored his one and only try for the province against Treviso this year.
“I am extremely proud to have played a part in this Ulster team over the last five seasons. Every time I pulled on the shirt it meant something to me. However, the time is right for me to face a new challenge and I am excited about being part of Exeter Chiefs again. I appreciate how Ulster has handled this and I wish them every success for the rest of the season,” he told ulsterrugby.com