The Newcastle Knights have granted Chanel Mata'utia's request for a release from the final year of his contract.

“The Club has been great to me and I will miss everyone, but it is the right time for me to step away from the game at this level,” Mata’utia said.

“I plan to play in the local competition and find a job, as my family and I move on to the next stage of our lives.

“I am comfortable with my decision and want to thank everyone at the Club, and also the fans, for all of the support.”

Mata’utia progressed through the grades at the Knights before making his NRL debut late in the 2014 season. He has played 13 NRL games.

“We thank Chanel for his contribution to the Club and respect his decision to make this change,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.

“We wish Chanel and his family all the best for the future.”