New Zealand international Corey Harawira-Naera has signed with Canberra Raiders until the end of 2022.

Harawira-Naera was released by Canterbury Bulldogs and will join the Raiders for the rest of this season.

The 25-year-old and the Bulldogs’ Jayden Okunbor had their NRL deregistration’s overturned earlier this month and were instead handed suspensions and fines following a schoolgirl sex scandal.

The Raiders confirmed the signing of Harawira-Naera on Friday and chief executive Don Furner praised the forward’s talent.

“Corey is a very talented player who’s played representative football for New Zealand and we’re looking forward to having him join the club for the next two and half years,” he said.

“He will join the squad for training once he’s been cleared by the Apollo committee and then it’s up to the coaching staff to work out when he may play his first game for the club.”

Sitting sixth in the NRL, the Raiders face South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday.