Force prop Ben Daley has signed with the Rebels for two seasons, the first player to leave Perth since the club's Super Rugby axing was confirmed.
Daley joins Tetera Faulkner in moving to the Rebels, but is the first player to announce his move since the NSW Supreme Court decision handed down last week.
The 29-year-old said he was making the move with his family in mind.
I’m grateful to the Western Force and their supporters for the incredible support this year, but given the current situation I had to make the difficult decision in the best interest of my family and my rugby career,” he said.
“I am excited about the opportunity in Melbourne, direction of the Club and really look forward to contributing to the Rebels.”
Daley has played the bulk of his career in Queensland before signing with the Force ahead of the 2017 season, and has three Wallabies caps to his name.
Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said Daley's experience would be valuable for the Melbourne side.
"Ben’s balanced approach to rugby through his quality work on and off the field will be a great addition to the Melbourne Rebels and fits well with the club’s values,” he said.
“We’re compassionate for the challenging situation that faced Ben and his family but we’re pleased that the Rebels can provide him with an opportunity to continue his Super Rugby career and an avenue to pursue his Wallabies dream."