The Newcastle Knights have released centre Joey Leilua with immediate effect, leaving the door wide open for a move to the Canberra Raiders.
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Leilua triggered a get-out clause in his contract on Sunday allowing him to leave the club at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old is contracted until the end of the 2016 NRL season, however his contract included a clause which allowed him to leave the club should coach Wayne Bennett exit the Knights.
Newcastle on Monday announced that Leilua would be released immediately and would look at all of its options prior to the June 30 transfer deadline.
Leilua joined the Knights from the Sydney Roosters in 2013 and has since played 54 games for the Hunter Valley club.
The centre has been heavily linked with a move to the Canberra Raiders, and it is expected the Samoa Test representative will make the move before the end of the month.