THE Mata’utia family’s dream of having all four brothers playing together in the same line-up will never eventuate after Peter announced on Thursday that he was parting company with the Knights.
The eldest of the siblings at 26, Peter has been linked to English Super League clubs.
While it is understood Newcastle were keen to retain him, it appears the experienced utility back is confident of securing a better deal elsewhere.
Peter may also have been concerned that, despite being the only Newcastle player to appear in every game this season, the signings of Tautau Moga (Brisbane) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters) were likely to limit his opportunities in 2018.
His three brothers – Chanel, Pat and Sione – are all contracted to the Knights for another season.
After returning from a 35-game stint with the Dragons last season, Peter played alongside all three but never together in the same game.
Only a handful of families in rugby league history have produced four brothers to play at first-grade level.
South Sydney’s Burgess siblings – Sam, George, Thomas and Luke – played in the same team alongside each other in 2014.
Peter said in a statement on Instagram that it was “an incredible” feeling to play with his brothers in the NRL.
He added: “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 [the Knights] has come to an end.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle confirmed on Thursday they had re-signed home-grown back-rower Luke Yates for one more season, as well as winger Tom Hughes, the leading tryscorer in NSW Cup.
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