Exeter Chiefs have granted lock Will Witty early release from his existing deal to join French Top 14 club Perpignan for the 2022-23 season.
The 27-year-old moved to Sandy Park in 2019 and made 30 appearances for the Chiefs, scoring five tries.
USA Perpignan had to win a play-off against Stade Montois to retain top-flight rugby at the Stade Aime Giral this coming season.
“It was a tough decision to make in terms of my career,” Witty said.
“Coming to a top club like Exeter was like a dream come true for me and I leave having made some amazing memories.
“It’s kind of been a whirlwind few days getting things sorted, but I am looking forward to testing myself in the Top 14 and seeing how I go over there.”