The Cornish Pirates have confirmed the signing of Redruth forward Peter Joyce on a permanent, full-time contract.
Joyce, 26, had two previous spells on loan at the Penzance club, making a National League One appearance against Newbury in 2007 and featured in the Pirates' recent pre-season match against Newport.
The prop played his last game for Redruth in their National League Two South victory over the Cornish All Blacks on Saturday.
Joyce spent eight seasons in the Redruth first team after progressing through their junior sides.
He said: "It is certainly the end of my Redruth career but who knows, maybe I will come back in one guise or another.
"I don't underestimate the challenge that is in front of me at Pirates at all. I know the work that I have to put in. If I had this opportunity two or three years earlier, I might not have been up to it but now I'm ready to go there."
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies is equally delighted to boost his front-row options and believes Joyce can make the transition to full-time, professional rugby.
He said: "Peter is one of number of Cornwall-based players who we have been monitoring for the last year or so.
"After speaking with him it was very apparent that there was a huge desire to give professional rugby a go. We are pleased to be able to give Peter a shot and we are confident he will become a good Championship prop for us."
Pirates CEO Rod Coward also added: "Not only is this a good result for Peter Joyce and the Cornish Pirates, but it also represents the value in having good relations and ties with local clubs.
"We look forward to maintaining and improving those ties in the future."
A Redruth statement read: "The Cornish Pirates' gain is certainly a loss for Redruth who will not only be losing one of their best players on the field, but last year's club vice-captain is also one of their favourite personalities off-field too.
"Fortunately Joyce is one of a triumvirate of league-beating props at the club, leaving the front row in the more-than-capable hands of Darren Jacques and Craig Williams."