Slade played for the Crusaders in 2009 and 2010 mainly on the wing and at fullback, but shifted to the Highlanders in 2011 in order to gain more playing time at flyhalf.
He already has 26 Crusaders caps under his belt and has played for Canterbury since 2008. Slade has also had an impressive international career, playing for the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-21 sides, the Junior All Blacks, and finally for the All Blacks in 2010, 2011 and as injury cover in 2013.
Coach Todd Blackadder said it is fantastic to welcome Slade back into the fold.
“The experience and talent that Colin Slade adds to this group is immense. He’ll be a crucial member of the team, especially at flyhalf while Dan Carter is on extended leave, but he has the advantage of being able to play virtually anywhere in the backline.”
2014 Crusaders squad: Dominic Bird, Tyler Bleyendaal, Daniel Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Andy Ellis, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Zac Guildford, Willi Heinz, Nepo Laulala, Rey Lee-Lo, Richie McCaw, Johnny McNicholl, Joe Moody, Nemani Nadolo, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Colin Slade, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Tom Taylor, Matt Todd, Jimmy Tupou, Adam Whitelock, George Whitelock, Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock.
Wider training group: Jed Brown, Kieron Fonotia, Mike Kainga, Rob Thompson, Nafi Tuitavake.