Invercargill reinsman Tim Williams has been head hunted to take up a position with New Zealand's leading trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Purdon contacted Williams with the job offer and after mulling it over last week, he decided to accept it.
Williams shifted from Christchurch to be stable foreman for Ascot Park trainer Wayne Adams in 2012. The reinsman will return to Christchurch this month to take up the vacancy left by Blair Orange at All Stars Stables.
Orange ends 12 years' service with Purdon at the end of the month to train with Ken Barron at West Melton.
Williams hoped he could be as fortunate as Orange and drive some of All Stars' better-performed horses on raceday.
With 39 wins this season, Williams is no stranger to success in the Purdon-Rasmussen colours having steered Messini to victory in the Group III Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham last year.
Williams has enjoyed his time in Southland and the support from trainers and owners. In two seasons while based in Invercargill, Williams has bagged 77 wins.
Bettor Buy It and Luminesce were the best Southland-trained horses he drove in the province.
''I'm a pretty big fan of Bettor Buy It and Luminesce, she'll be a potent force next season.
Jonny Turner is a journalism student at SIT
- The Southland Times