Wing sensation Sevu Reece will be back in Waikato colours in 2019, after re-signing with the province for this year's Mitre 10 Cup.
Reece was a revelation in last year's competition, topping the try-scoring tally with 14 through just 11 games to help his side storm to the Championship title.
The Fiji-product was thrown a Super Rugby lifeline by the Crusaders, after being cut by Irish club Connacht following his appearance in the Hamilton District Court on one count of male assaults female in an incident involving his girlfriend in July last year.
Reece made his debut in a start against the Chiefs in week four - where he played a starring role in his team's 57-28 demolition job – but hasn’t featured since. He was named to the bench for last Saturday's cancelled Crusaders vs Highlanders game in Dunedin.
Waikato head coach Andrew Strawbridge is elated to retain the 22-year-old's services.
"Sevu is a very exciting player and he is keen to build on his already significant contributions to Waikato Rugby," said Strawbridge.
"He has worked hard on his game last season and made significant shifts in crucial aspects. His defensive work was impressive and his high ball reception was a particular strength.
"He is determined to be a positive influence in our environment and we look forward to watching his continued success at the Crusaders."