ALFIE TO'OALA has returned 'home' to Yorkshire to join Leeds Carnegie – the first part of a likely triple swoop this week.
The Bristol back-row, 29, who has signed a two-year-deal with Carnegie, started out in the UK with Rotherham in 2001.
Carnegie director of rugby Andy Key has confirmed the club expect to announce the signings of two further players this week, once formalities are completed.
Both currently play overseas – one in the Super 14 competition and the other in the French Top 14.
Samoan international To'oala, who has also played for Orrell and Plymouth, will add some grunt to Carnegie's forward ranks and is the club's second recruit for 2009-10 after second-row Marco Wentzel joined recently from new Guinness Premiership champions Leicester.
To'oala said: "My family live in Yorkshire and I know a lot of the Leeds team.
"I spoke to other clubs who are in the Guinness Premiership or the Heineken Cup next season, but the challenge of coming to Leeds is something that really excites me.
"Yorkshire feels like home to me, my wife is from Wakefield, and it's great to be back now."