Damian McKenzie targets first-five role for Chiefs ahead of Super Rugby season

All Blacks livewire Damian McKenzie hopes to find form for the Chiefs at first-five for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

With Aaron Cruden gone and Lima Sopoaga leaving, 22-year-old McKenzie's keen to show the All Blacks selectors what he can do in the no 10 jersey.

McKenzie is targeting the playmaker role for the 2018 season with the Chiefs, and he hopes he can show All Blacks selectors enough to be considered for the backup role at international level.

"Hopefully this year I can try cement a spot there for the Chiefs, and I guess being able to cover 10 and 15 will be awesome, but if I can get some time in the saddle would be great.

"It has been a position I've always played and in the last few years I've played at 15, but now there is the opportunity to play at 10 and its one I'm looking forward too.

"I haven't played lots of time at first-five so it's a big year for me trying to cement that spot at the Chiefs first and play some good footy, and if something comes after that it would be great.

"It is going to take a big year from me to do that."

The Chiefs open their Super Rugby campaign against the Crusaders on February 24.