Raiders forward Sam Mataora has joined the Newcastle Knights for the rest of the season.

Raiders forward Sam Mataora has joined the Newcastle Knights for the rest of the season. Photo: Colleen Petch

The Canberra Raiders have released forward Sam Mataora so he can join the Newcastle Knights for the rest of this season.

Mataora was contracted with the Raiders until the end of the year, but signed with the Knights on Monday before the June 30 deadline.

The 23-year-old played 33 NRL games with the Raiders after making his first-grade debut in 2009.

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