Chiefs playmaker Gareth Anscombe is poised to leave New Zealand to take up a contract in Wales with the Cardiff Blues.
Rumours that the 23-year-old would move to Wales, for whom he qualifies through his Cardiff-born mother, have been circulating since April.
The move now looks certain following reports that he had thanked colleagues and supporters at a Chiefs dinner in Hamilton ahead of his departure.
Anscombe, who can play both fly-half and full-back, is expected to join the Pro12 side - where he will link up with former Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett - as soon as he has completed his commitments with the Chiefs, who play the Brumbies in Saturday's Super Rugby play-off in Canberra.
The son of ex-Ulster boss Mark Anscombe, the player has already met with Wales' Kiwi coach Warren Gatland and reports in the Welsh press suggest he could be fast-tracked into the national setup in time for the November Tests.
Although he has signed with Auckland for the NPC, Anscombe is understood to have an out-clause allowing him to go to Wales.