The St George Illawarra Dragons have granted Jack Stockwell a formal release from his current playing contract.

Stockwell has been granted an early release to take-up a multi-year opportunity with the Newcastle Knights.

Stockwell made his first-grade debut for the Club in round 11 of the 2012 campaign against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and made 35 appearances in total.

β€œJack has received an opportunity to join the Newcastle Knights on a multi-year contract and we thank him for both his services and contributions to our Club,” said Head Coach Paul McGregor.

β€œThe Dragons wish him well for his future.”