In the end it was a no-brainer for Marty Banks - come back home and play for a team he loves.
The legend of Marty Banks is set to get another chapter in the South after the first-five was this morning named in next year's Highlanders.
The Highlanders squad for the 2019 season will be named today and it is probably the most predictable Highlanders squad of all.
No one could begrudge Ben Smith signing off his time in New Zealand after the World Cup, writes NZME's Liam Napier.
Former Highlanders captain Nasi Manu will undergo chemotherapy after it's been revealed he has a form of urological cancer.
Emergency test candidate Dillon Hunt has revealed what the All Blacks told him to work on and the Highlander believes he has achieved a pass mark.
Otago went out on the prowl last night and came away with five competition points and a place in the post season.
The Highlanders - the most popular team in the land - have confirmed they will play all their home games in the region next year.
The front-row stocks have taken a hit for the Highlanders and the side will be out looking for reinforcements.
The Highlanders are on the hunt for a third first five-eighth and the Mitre 10 Cup is their hunting range.
Malakai Fekitoa is still dreaming of the All Blacks and Highlanders but will have to take a big pay cut to fulfil that ambition.
Shannon Frizell's Tongan mentor has recalled the moment four years ago when he told the rising All Black to "fight for your life", that he had a chance to no longer be "poor".
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger says the side will have to nail its first-choice pivot before next season even kicks off.
Liam Coltman last played for Otago nearly two years ago, and continues not to wear the blue and gold.