Melbourne Storm are poised to announce the signing of NRL premiership-winning centre Ricky Leutele.
The 30-year-old had been left stranded after his club Toronto Wolfpack was forced to pull out of this year's Super League competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The same situation led to superstar Sonny Bill Williams returning to the Sydney Roosters.
Leutele's plan to join the Storm for the rest of the NRL season was initially knocked back by the governing body, which has since reconsidered its position.
Storm general manager of football Frank Ponissi hopes the club can confirm the signing as soon as Tuesday.
"There's just a few little things to finalise there but we're very hopeful that we can get that done overnight," Ponissi told WWOS radio.
"He'll be a welcome addition. We had one more spot in our 30 and we've basically been waiting to see what position will fill that in.
"Just the last two weeks we've had every centre in the club injured, with Paul Momirovski being the most serious.
"We just thought that's a position with our outside backs where we need a bit of strength."
Leutele played 129 games for Cronulla, scoring 30 tries, and was a regular figure in the club's 2016 premiership-winning team.
He also played six Tests for Samoa.
Australian Associated Press