Tyson Keats has confirmed he is to head to the Magners League next season after admitting defeat in his bid to play for New Zealand.
The Hurricanes half-back has agreed a three-year deal with an as yet unnamed club - with Keats set to complete the move after the ITM Cup.
And the 29-year-old admitted his failure to break into the All Blacks squad had prompted his decision to now leave his homeland.
"I'm not going to be an All Black, so it's time to move on," Keats told The Dominion Post.
"I'm at the age where I kind of need to secure my future and this is a good opportunity.
"To be fair, I hadn't even been looking overseas but they had been watching me for a couple of years and actually chased me up.
"I was probably going to stick around New Zealand for as long as possible but this was too good to turn down."