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Robbie Rochow Competition - NRL Premiership Round - Round 03 Teams - Newcastle Knights V Canberra Raiders - 19th of March 2016 Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, Newcastle NSW Photographer - Paul Barkley

Newcastle Knights forward Robbie Rochow has announced he will leave the Club at season’s end.

Rochow is a Newcastle junior and returned home in 2012, after three years at the Melbourne Storm.

Rochow, who has played 72 games for the Club, missed the final games of the season due to a pectoral injury.

“It was obviously a tough decision to leave the Knights but one that I felt was for the best,” Rochow said.

“The Club has been great to me but it feels like the right time to step outside my comfort zone.

“I still have a lot to improve on in my game and going to a Club with senior players was a factor in my decision.”

Rochow is studying a Civil Engineering degree, which he will continue in Sydney.

“Being in Sydney will help with where I am up to with my degree and a priority is working hard to complete that as soon as possible,” he added.

The Club understands the position of 25-year-old Rochow.

“We understand that leaving the Club was what was best for Robbie at this stage of his career,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“He has been a wonderful player on and off the field and he certainly has our best wishes for the future.”

Rochow will continue to train and support the team until the season concludes in a month.

“I have had a great few years back in Newcastle and want to thank my teammates, the coaches and everyone at the Club for supporting me,” Rochow said.

“Also to the Members and fans, thanks for your support.”

Rochow will be officially farewelled along with Jeremy Smith and James McManus following Sunday's game at Hunter Stadium.