Andrew Mehrtens has become Toulon's third big-name recruit for next season - and club president Mourad Boudjellal has indicated there are more signings in the pipeline.

Former New Zealand fly-half Mehrtens signed a one-year contract on Wednesday with the big-spending French side, who will play next season in Pro D2, the country's second tier.

The 34-year-old is set to form an exciting half-back partnership with Australia number nine George Gregan, who will join up with Toulon after this autumn's World Cup. All Blacks prop Anton Oliver will also play for the southerners next term.

Boudjellal, who has made his money from a comic-book business, continues to plough his personal fortune into the club, who were relegated from the Top 14 at the end of the 2005/06 season.

He is believed to have injected 1.6million euros into Toulon, and it appears he will not stop there as he seeks to guide the club back into the big time.

After completing the swoop for Mehrtens, who was capped 70 times by New Zealand he said: ‘There will be other big coups.’

On his latest signing, Boudjellal added the Kiwi ‘will be the 'mentor' to (20-year-old) Julien Chouquet, who should play just as many matches at fly-half.’

On Saturday, Toulon lost to La Rochelle in the Pro D2 promotion play-offs to put pay to any chances of an immediate return to the top flight.