The Blues have confirmed former All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan will call Eden Park home for the 2015 Super Rugby season.
With 51 international caps and more than 100 appearances for the Highlanders, Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan said Cowan was the perfect man to fill the void created by the departure of Piri Weepu this year.
"Jimmy brings competitiveness, plenty of experience and great game awareness which is something we were really looking for," Kirwan said.
"We've got some good young guys coming through in Bryn Hall, Ihaia West and Simon Hickey coupled with Dan Bowden coming back but we still felt we were lacking a bit of experience through that combination.
"Piri Weepu left a bit of a hole but we think Jimmy's really going to step into that role and be fundamental to the growth of this franchise."
After a two-year stint in England with Gloucester, Cowan returned to New Zealand this year to ply his trade with Tasman and said he was relishing a return to Super Rugby with the Blues in 2015.