South African tighthead prop Maks van Dyk has signed a short-term deal with Harlequins for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
The 28-year-old will join the club as an injury cover for Craig Trenier, who has been signed by the club from Championship side Ealing Trailfinders.
Van Dyk will head to Twickenham Stoop from French club Toulouse after the Top 14 season was cancelled due to the pandemic coronavirus. He started his professional rugby career with Sharks XV and had represented Cheetahs, Griquas and Leinster on a loan stint as well.
The 6ft prop also represented South Africa Under 20 in 2012 Junior World Cup and also played for Barbarians once in 2015.
"I really like the atmosphere of this team and we’ve got really good coaches," he told in a statement released by the club.
"I was a big fan back in 2009 of Adam Jones when the British and Irish Lions came back to South Africa, he had a huge tournament; and the intensity of Jerry [Flannery], it’s really good.
"The guys here know how to switch on, and they know how to switch off off the field and make jokes - but when it’s go time, we do it. It will be really great to experience Premiership Rugby and I’m looking forward to competing for Harlequins."