New Ulster signing Christian Leali'ifano believes he is joining a side capable of winning next season's Guinness PRO14 title.
In a move revealed by the Belfast Telegraph earlier this month, the Australian international, who previously overcame leukemia, is likely to make his debut in Ulster's opening PRO14 game of the seasion against South African side the Toyota Cheetahs at Kingspan on Friday, September 1.
And while the Brumbies man is due to return home in January, he sees Les Kiss's squad as capable of going on to win their first silverware since 2006.
"They are a well-respected club and genuine challengers for the PRO14 title," said the player who made his return to top-level rugby this summer after almost a year out battling leukemia.
"I have heard good things about the set-up there and am looking forward to working with the Ulster coaching team and squad.
"I'm really excited to be joining up with Ulster Rugby and I'm looking forward to getting out there in front of the supporters at Kingspan Stadium. I can't wait to experience the rugby and the culture in Belfast.
"Having missed almost an entire season whilst recovering, I feel that it's important that I get some minutes playing competitive rugby ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season and Ulster have provided a great environment for me to do that."