Wallabies wing Drew Mitchell will race into the Heineken Cup next season after signing a two-year deal with Toulon.
The Australia ace will move to France following the visit of the British & Irish Lions and the Rugby Championship.
Mitchell burst onto the Super Rugby scene in 2004 and won his first international cap the following year against South Africa.
He reckons the time was right to move abroad and experience new cultures at Toulon, where he will link up with close friend Matt Giteau.
"I felt the time wasn't right in that period of my life, whereas now I just feel it's the right time for me," said Mitchell.
"Its a great opportunity to experience a different culture, to challenge myself in a different environment.
"This (moving to Toulon) has been in discussion for a little while now."
Mitchell was a high profile omission from this week's Wallabies training camp but he insists the snub was not a part of his decision to move to Europe
And he has left the door open to a return Down Under to resume his Test career following his stint in France.
"Robbie Deans made it very clear to me the reasons as to why I was left out of the squad and by no means does that mean there's no way for me to work my way back into the squad in the next six weeks or so.
"I certainly don't want this to be seen as me turning my back on the Wallabies or the Waratahs because playing for Australia means everything to me and I've really enjoyed my time at the Waratahs.
"But as far as looking any further about World Cups, that hasn't even been a thought in my mind."
Toulon are already in this season's Heineken Cup semi-final, where they face Saracens at Twickenham on April 28.
And they are all but mathematically qualified for European club rugby's premier competition where Mitchell is likely to make his Heineken Cup debut.
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