Chiefs midfielder Richard Kahui is believed to be ready to sign a deal to play rugby in Japan after the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Kahui says that he won't make a decision about moving to Japan during the Chiefs Super Rugby campaign but the New Zealand Herald says he is close close to agreeing terms with one of the leading Japanese clubs.
Kahui has started thinking about his life after the game of rugby and even though he is only 27 he has had four shoulder operations.
The All Black centre missed the international season last year due to after shoulder reconstruction and since he caught the eye of the All Black selectors he had only had two seasons - 2008 and 2011 - without a serious injury.
The prospect of making some serious money while he still can is tempting and he admits that after being ruled out for six months last April after a shoulder dislocation, the litany of misfortune left him questioning his longevity.
"It is not just a game for us, it is a livelihood, it is a job," Kahui told the NZHerald.
"All this comes into play and I have had four shoulder ops so you start thinking pretty seriously about your career and life after rugby."
"While it is not an exciting thought it is a reality and if you do all you can to prepare yourself for that while you are playing footy, you feel a lot more comfortable about it."
A two year deal with a club in Japan would allow Kahui to return to New Zealand in time for the 2015 Super Rugby season and from there he could push for a place in the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad.