Bundee Aki has been rewarded for a number of impressive ITM Cup performances with a Super Rugby contract at the Chiefs.
The 22-year-old centre was one of the standout performers for Counties Manukau this season, while he has also caught the eye in the development set-up at the Chiefs.
And Aki is relishing the chance to make the step up with the defending champions.
"I got a taste of the Chiefs environment when I became involved in both of the Chiefs squads and really learned a lot," he said.
"The rugby knowledge of the management team is fantastic and I am eager to further myself in the game and feel the Chiefs is an ideal environment to do this in."
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie believes Aki could have a big impact on the squad.
"Bundee has been outstanding for Counties Manukau in the NPC so we were excited to have him in our mix," he added.