Waikato Chiefs supporters will miss the sight of the blond-haired magician that is Damian McKenzie running out in their colours as the 26 year old looks set to make the move to Japan.
Chief Executive Michael Collins confirmed on Tuesday that McKenzie will, indeed, be leaving, although his exact destination is still unclear.
“Look, all I know is Damian’s not going to be with us, at the moment that’s all I can sort of comment on,” he told Stuff.co.nz.
While such a move would render him unavailable for All Black selection, McKenzie still has time on his side and could cash in in Japan while his very best years still lie ahead.
He currently boasts 95 appearances for the Chiefs.