South African backrow forward Marcell Coetzee will spend the next fortnight settling in to his new surrounds with Ulster before joining the squad on a full-time basis.
The Sharks player arrived in Belfast on Monday and along with his wife were given a quick tour of facilities at Kingspan Stadium and the chance to meet some of the players.
However, the Springbok is still rehabbing from an ACL knee injury and it will be a few months before the fans will get to see him in action for the Irish Province.
On the injury Coetzee told Ulster Rugby: “I have been rehabbing with the Sharks and it has been going very well so far.
“There are a lot of positives to take from that.”
Ulster’s big name signing of the summer has 28 Springbok caps and had been playing with Sharks in the Super Rugby championship when he suffered the injury.
The 25-year-old said he was looking forward to settling in to life at Ulster and was impressed on his arrival.
“Everything Bryn Cunningham (Ulster’s operations director) has told me is exactly how he said it would be.
“It has been good to meet some of the players here who used to be with the Sharks, but I am also looking to bond with the other guys.
“It sounds like there is a unique culture here and I am looking forward to joining that and adding to it both on and off the pitch.”