ROB Baxter says his Exeter Chiefs squad is complete after agreeing a deal to sign Kiwi lock Romana Graham.
The 6ft 6ins-tall Waikato Chiefs forward has signed a one-year contract with the Sandy Park outfit, subject to a visa being granted for himself and his wife.
Head coach Baxter is hopeful the paperwork will go through in the next few days and Graham, who weighs in at 18st 1lb, can arrive later this month.
The 27-year-old will be the Chiefs' seventh singing and is the final piece in the jigsaw for next season's campaign.
"That should be it for recruitment for next season," Baxter told Echo Sport.
"If we have a crippling injury crisis in one position next season that will change, but we feel (Graham) will give us that extra cover we need at second row.
"Don Armand is here now and up and running and Fetu'u Vainikolo arrived here this week so we're getting to the full-strength squad we want."
Baxter was considering recruiting another second row due to Aly Muldowney's move to Connacht at the end of last term.
But the need to bring someone in intensified when James Hanks broke his collarbone in pre-season training, while Tom Hayes has not yet fully recovered from a back operation.
"With Tommy still in the end stages of his rehab, but still not at 100 per cent, and James Hanks breaking his collarbone again, we're looking a little thin on the ground," said Baxter.
"We've made the decision to strengthen our resources there and so we've gone back to a guy we've looked at before and we quite liked.
"We're lucky that Waikato are prepared to release him from his ITM contract and he's going to come over here on a year's contract.
"We'll go from there with him. What he's got to do is prove himself to be a Premiership starter and then it's really in his hands how he goes.
"He is a big guy but we think we can work on his conditioning and add a bit to the amount of actions he makes in a game.
"He's a big, physical, explosive kind of guy and I think he'll add something to what we have there in that department."
While Graham did not play much in his side's victorious Super 15 campaign, he has been preparing for the domestic ITM Cup which starts next week.
Baxter hopes that means he will be ready to play when he does pitch up at Sandy Park.
"We're hoping, as long as everything goes well, that he'll be over here before the start of the season," he said.
"We're expecting him to take some part in our pre-season games and be up and running.
"He's been involved in the Super 15 squad, although he hasn't played much rugby within it. His focus has been on preparing for the ITM Cup so the timing of where he is conditioning-wise is pretty good for us so we're not anticipating many problems getting him ready to play rugby."