Chester RUFC have signed Luke Wishnowsky for the 2014-15 National League Two North season.
Openside flanker Wishnowsky was born in New Zealand and was with Napier Tech before linking up with Darlington Mowden Park in 2011.
He moved to Sale FC last summer and played for Sale Sharks in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series but has now pledged his future to Chester.
Wishnowsky said: “I am delighted to be joining a club that has such vision.
“It is fair to say from my time at DMP we had some good games against Chester and returning to watch the league game last season showed how much both teams have progressed.
“I am delighted to be joining a playing group that is strong and meeting the players has been something of huge interest to me as they are clear on the challenges that lie ahead.”
Wishnowsky is likely to make his debut in the Halliwell Jones Challenge against RGC 1404 at Hare Lane on Friday, August 29.
Director of rugby Nic Corrigan said Wishnowsky had turned down other clubs to join Chester.
He said: “Luke and I spoke a season or so ago about him joining us at Chester.
“It simply wasn’t right for him at the time but we kept in touch and after a solid season at Sale FC it was great news when we spoke and caught up.
“I am impressed with his leadership skills and view him as someone who will add an edge to our pack.”