Chiefs have confirmed that New Zealand international Aaron Cruden will be making a comeback to Hamilton for the 2020 Super Rugby season.
Cruden previously played for Chiefs between 2012 and 2017 making close to 100 Super Rugby appearances. He will now make a return to the New Zealand side for the 2020 season after featuring for French club Montpellier for two seasons.
The 30-year-old also enjoyed back to back Super Rugby titles with Chiefs in 2012 and 2013.
“It is great to have Aaron back to re-join the Gallagher Chiefs. As a player he has a proven ability to create opportunities with his boot and can spark up an attack from anywhere on the park," said head coach Warren Gatland.
"We are fortunate and privileged to have him return and I will look forward to coaching him in the coming season.”
Cruden made his New Zealand debut in 2010 and has played 50 Tests scoring 322 points with his last appearance coming in July 2017.
“It is a huge privilege to be a part of the Chiefs once again. It is a fantastic environment to be a part of, which made it an easy decision to choose to return for the 2020 season," said Cruden.
"I’m looking forward to getting back and stuck into pre-season training with the guys.”
Chiefs will kick-start the 2020 Super Rugby season with a clash against Blues at Eden Park on 31st January.