The protracted saga over where Ma'a Nonu will play in 2014 is finally over with the All Blacks star signing with the Blues.
Nonu, 31, has opted to turn down a lucrative offer from a French rugby club, which would have forced him to take a sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.
It also would have made him unavailable to the All Blacks until after next June's three-test series here against England.
But either All Blacks coach Steve Hansen or the New Zealand Rugby Union forced a rethink.
The Blues and the Chiefs made late bids for the experienced midfielder after all five Kiwi Super Rugby franchises had previously stated they did not want him.
Hansen let the cat out of the bag today saying in a radio broadcast that Nonu would return to the Blues from next season. Nonu had turned down a plum offer from French club Clermont.
Although he has played 85 tests for the All Blacks, Nonu has been a noted non-performer at Super Rugby level. He upset Blues coach Sir John Kirwan when he reneged on a deal to play there last season.
Instead, Nonu turned out for the Highlanders - his third franchise in as many years after his career at the Hurricanes ended when coach Mark Hammett forced him out.
Nonu will now return to the team he played for in 2012 having agreed terms with Kirwan in the last 48 hours.
Nonu played 110 games for the Hurricanes between 2003 and 2011 and plays for the Oriental-Rongotai club in Wellington club rugby.