The 23 year-old winger, who passed through all levels of Swansea Schools, Swansea RFC and Wales age group rugby, left for Cardiff in 2003, signing a two-year contract. However, having been given limited first-team opportunities, as well as being laid low by injuries, the young star has been eager to return to his home region.
Ospreys' Rugby Manager, Derwyn Jones, says: "Johnny is one of Welsh rugby's hottest prospects and his skills are perfectly suited to the type of open and exciting rugby we play at The Ospreys. When you consider how his former teammates Jonathan Thomas and Richie Pugh have progressed with us in the last few years, it's the perfect place for him to fulfil his potential."
Ospreys' joint-MD, Mike Cuddy, adds: "Signing a player such as Johnny is great news for the region and demonstrates our commitment to developing young Welsh talent. We're extremely excited about working with him as he's a quality player with the potential to become an Ospreys regular and a full Welsh international.
"Furthermore, his arrival also raises the competition for places to new levels which is vital if we want to continue developing a squad of players to challenge the very best in Europe."
Vaughton said: "The Ospreys are quickly becoming one of the most feared sides in Europe and trying to break into a team packed with so many international stars will be a massive challenge. Nevertheless, I'm confident that I have the ability to succeed and can't wait to start working with the coaches and the rest of the team."
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series