All Blacks star TJ Perenara won't be turning out in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters after signing a new deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union.
Perenara has committed to play Super Rugby for the Hurricanes until the end of 2023 after completing his stint in Japan's Top League with the NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes.
The 29-year-old announced his re-signing on social media on Monday night.
"My wife and I have decided to come back to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for the next two-and-a-half years," Perenara said.
"We're really excited at the journey ... really looking forward to seeing everyone back home and thanks to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for allowing me the opportunity to come home and do what I love."
The 69-Test halfback only last week said he was seriously considering joining the Roosters for the rest of the 2021 season after having discussions with coach Trent Robinson.
The Roosters had hoped to use him as a hooker following the mid-season retirement of co-captain Jake Friend.
But that plan has been scuppered.
"When TJ left for his short stint in Japan we said we'd welcome him home, so we're delighted that he has signed a contract with us through to 2023," said Hurricanes rugby general manager Chris Lendrum.
"He's been part of New Zealand rugby for more than a decade and I'm sure his Japanese experience has grown him as a person. We look forward to seeing him on his return."