After a year’s sabbatical, Jamal Idris has decided the time is right to rejoin the NRL he abandoned following 2015. He left the Penrith Panthers, but will be playing for Sydney’s Wests Tigers in 2017.
Idris spent the year seeing the sights around the world before returning to Australia and it appeared that throughout, the Tigers were the team favoured to obtain Idris.
Idris is also well traveled in the world of rugby as well. Aside from playing for New South Wales in State of Origin, the formidable centre has spent time with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans and played representative for the Indigenous All Stars.
Idris was limited to four games in 2015. Hampered by a knee injury that restricted him, he asked for and received his release from the Panthers rather than undergo the necessary rehabilitation that could have possibly got him back on during the 2015 season.
He was also suffering from an unacceptable weight gain when he no longer had the ability to play after rupturing his ACL.
Idris won the Dally M rookie of the year in 2009 and if he can overcome the injury and the other obstacles he is facing, the 26-year-old should have productive rugby in his future.