Cruden's Chiefs move confirmed
NZPA 14 Jul 2011 Getty Images
"We're just working through that process at the moment."
Cruden, 22, had publicly said he was weighing offers from both the Chiefs and Hurricanes for 2012.
He has played six tests for the All Blacks but missed selection in this year's Investec Tri Nations squad.
His imminent signing is good news for the Chiefs because of the likely departure overseas of both Chiefs first-five incumbents Stephen Donald and Mike Delany.
New Chiefs coach Dave Rennie previously forged a working relationship with Cruden at Manawatu and with the New Zealand under-20 side, which Cruden captained.
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