Todd Carney will bid to resurrect his career in Super League after signing a three-year deal with Catalans Dragons.
The Australia stand-off was sacked by the Cronulla Sharks in June for a violation of the NRL club's code of conduct, after a lewd image of the player emerged on social media.
However, the Dragons have now offered the 28-year-old the chance to restore his reputation after agreeing a deal to take him to the south of France.
Carney, who scored 59 tries and 827 points in his 166-game NRL career, will join Catalans for the start of the 2015 season, which will be the Dragons' 10th in Super League.
He had been tied to the Sharks until 2018 before his contract was cancelled.
"We are delighted that this great player courted by other Super League clubs and clubs in the Top 14 [rugby union competition, in France], has finally decided to come settle down at Perpignan," Dragons president Bernard Guasch told the team's official website.
"I wanted to tell our fans of the arrival of an international star for the 10th anniversary of the Dragons in the Super League and the arrival of Todd Carney is a great news for the club."
Dragons general manager Christophe Jouffret added: "The class of a player who was voted best NRL player will benefit the entire Super League and I am confident that the RFL [Rugby Football League] will appreciate this new talented player in our competition.
"The Catalans Dragons board is committed to accompany Todd Carney in his daily life and his new life away from the media pressure that surrounded our new recruit in Sydney."