Ulster are on the verge of signing Kiwi utility back Matt Faddes according to a report by Jonathan Bradley in The Belfast Telegraph.
The 27-year-old plays his rugby with the Highlanders in Super Rugby and Otago in the Mitre10 Cup.
The Balclutha native made his debut for Otago in 2011 and he earned himself a spot in the New Zealand 7s squad in 2013 where he played in three tournaments.
His impressive form at provincial rugby level saw him signed by the Highlanders in Super Rugby in 2016 where he scored 10 tries in 16 games and won Rookie of the Year.
This would be Dan McFarland’s first signing as head coach of Ulster and the move makes sense as Jacob Stockdale and Will Addison will likely be away with Ireland for the duration of the Rugby World Cup.
Faddes can play in the centre or in the back-three.
McFarland and his squad have been buoyed by their recent form in Europe which has seen them qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup where they will meet Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in an all-Irish decider.
The northern province currently lie in fifth in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14 but with only two points separating them and Edinburgh who lie in second, they are in a good place to secure a playoff spot.
They play Benetton on Friday night at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast with a kick off time of 7.45pm.