All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock will play his Super Rugby with the Highlanders next year, ending his long association with the Blues.
The Blues confirmed the move with coach John Kirwan expressing his disappointment at losing such an experienced player.
The specialist loosehead has played 113 games for the Blues since his debut in 2002.
"We've been in discussions with Tony about his plans and while he wanted to continue playing rugby and living in New Zealand, he was searching for something new to refresh and invigorate him and his rugby," Kirwan said.
"Of course I'd like to have him stay with us, but after 113 games for the Blues and a decade of commitment, sometimes a change is as good as a rest and I understand and support him in this tough decision."
It's a huge coup for the Highlanders who already have former All Blacks prop Jamie Mackintosh in their mix.
"It's a big call and not an easy one to make. It's tough to leave the Blues and my team-mates but I've made this decision because I think this is best for me and my family at this time," said Woodcock.
"I want to thank the Blues for their support both now and during my 10 years with the franchise."
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