Powerful prop Ben Tameifuna is sticking with the Chiefs for another year.
The crowd favourite has recommitted to the defending champions, declaring it was a simple decision for him.
"I am a Chief by choice," said the 22-year-old, who has shifted from Hawke's Bay to the Waikato for his NPC play.
"There is a great amount of support in all aspects of this environment which is important for me to continue to develop both on and off the field."
The try-scoring front-rower made his Chiefs debut in March 2012 against the Blues and has played 48 games for the side, helping them to two titles.
Tameifuna, a member of the world champion 2011 New Zealand under-20 team, has been on the All Blacks' radar and respected Chiefs coach Dave Rennie feels he is making big shifts on and off the field.
"We are really happy with Tama. He's a powerful man, a destructive tackler with an impressive skill set," Rennie said.
"Ben does an amazing job in our community. He is fantastic with people and we are rapt he's back on board next year."
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