The defending champion Chiefs have signed discarded Blues fly-half Gareth Anscombe for next year's Super Rugby campaign.
The 21-year-old has been one of the form pivot's in this year's ITM Cup with Auckland, but was surprisingly de-listed from the Blues by new coach Sir John Kirwan.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is likely to employ Anscombe as a back-up to All Blacks playmaker Aaron Cruden.
"We initially were not looking for a first-five, but when a player of Gareth's quality becomes available, we were quick to snap him up," said Rennie.
Anscombe has played two seasons with the Blues and this is his third ITM Cup campaign with Auckland. He is comfortably the leading points scorer in the competition with 156 points.
He was also the top point scorer at the 2011 junior world championship.