After consideration regarding his future, Chanel Mata’utia was officially given a release from the final year of his contract by the Newcastle Knights.
Mata’utia made the decision after realising that it was the right time for him to step away from the game, one that he is comfortable in making.
“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.”
A Knights junior, Mata’utia went on to play a total of 13 NRL games for the club as they wished him the best in his endeavours.
“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.”