Fletcher Carroll will return to home club Albury next season.
The star Tiger junior has spent the past three years in Melbourne playing for Heidelberg, Williamstown and Coburg.
He managed 13 VFL matches.
Carroll is playing for Northern Territory club Tiwi Bombers until Christmas before returning to the Border to add further class to the Tigers' already potent midfield.
Albury co-coach Luke Daly said the 22-year-old had a burning desire to play senior football at the sportsground.
"He can't wait to play his first senior game for the club," Daly said.
"When he was playing for the Murray Bushrangers and they had the bye, it just didn't work out with Fletcher having rep commitments or being told to rest and things like that.
"It's something he has been wanting to do for a long time now.
It's something he has been wanting to do for a long time nowLuke Daly
"Obviously the Carroll name has been a big part of our club for the past 10 or 20 years and it will be great to see it back in The Critic again."
Carroll enjoyed an outstanding junior career at Albury before joining the Murray Bushrangers with size working against him in the AFL draft.
Daly said the midfielder would complement an already strong 19 to 23 age bracket.
"We keep our eye on all locals who go away and it's worked out well for us that Fletch wants to come back," he said.
"He fits into the age bracket of Jake Gaynor, James Grills, Jake Page, Ben Kelly, the Conlan brothers and others and that's our future.
"We're really excited about that group of players."
Carroll's signing comes only weeks after retired Gold Coast Suns player Anthony Miles committed as co-coach.