The Blues have strengthened their second row stocks for the 2015 and 2016 Super Rugby seasons with the signing of Josh Bekhuis from the Highlanders.
Twenty-eight-year-old Bekhuis has been an integral part of the Highlanders forward pack since making his debut in 2009, earning 82 Super Rugby caps.
The 2.00m, 111kg lock said he was excited about the move north.
"I’m stoked to have signed with the Blues,” Bekhuis said.
"I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had down south but I thought it was time for a change. I’m looking forward to the move and being part of the Blues in 2015.”
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan said he was thrilled to secure the services of Bekhuis.
"We’re really fortunate and excited to welcome Josh to the Blues,” Kirwan said.
"He’s a quality lock and is exactly the sort of player we were looking for. He has plenty of experience and he’s an athlete, he’s tall, carries the ball well and defends well. He’s going to be a huge asset to the franchise.”