Peter Mata’utia has announced announced he’s leaving the Newcastle Knights.

EXPERIENCED centre Peter Mata’utia has announced he is parting company with the Newcastle Knights.

“I’ve known for a while now what I wanted to do, I just didn’t known if it was the right choice … my chapter here at @nrlknights has come to an end,” he said in a statement posted on Instagram.

FAREWELL: Peter Mata'utia and his children after Newcastle's last game of 2017.

FAREWELL: Peter Mata'utia and his children after Newcastle's last game of 2017.

The oldest of the four Mata’utia siblings was the only Newcastle player to appear in every game this season.

It is understood the Knights made an offer to retain him but he was seeking a deal for a longer term.

The 26-year-old utility back has played in 76 NRL games, including 41 for Newcastle.

His hopes of featuring in Newcastle’s backline next season faded after their decision to recruit Shaun Kenny-Dowall from the Roosters and Brisbane’s Tautau Moga.

Meanwhile, the Knights have announced home-grown back-rower Luke Yates has re-signed for one more season, as well as winger Tom Hughes, the leading tryscorer in NSW Cup.

Newcastle have also taken up options to retain Sam Stone, Dylan Phythian, and Nick Meaney.