The Newcastle Knights has signed Sam Mataora for the remainder of season 2014, after agreeing to terms on Friday.

Mataora was released by the Canberra Raiders, where he has played 33 NRL games since making his debut in 2010.

The 23-year old prop played his junior football in Queensland before joining the Raiders in 2009, he is also a Cook Islands international.

"Sam was looking for a new opportunity," Recruitment Manager Peter Mullholland said.

"He is young, adds size to our pack, he has a good work ethic and we have no doubt he will want to prove himself at the Knights."

Mataora will join training with the NSW Cup squad this week before joining the full time squad when they return from the bye next week.