And while after next year's World Cup there is the prospect of some All Blacks coming to ply their trade in Europe, for Cruden a Lions tour was something he was not willing to forsake.
"It was definitely in the pipelines. It's potentially a once in a lifetime opportunity for some and you never want to look too far ahead but, committing to 2017, it's definitely a goal."
"Representing the All Blacks, the Chiefs and of course Manawatu, where it all started for me," he added.
"To have that security for the next three years is exciting and now I'm really able to put my head down and work harder."