Jamal Idris will attempt to resurrect his National Rugby League career at Penrith after the Gold Coast Titans released the former representative centre on compassionate grounds.
Gold Coast Titans coach and Panther legend John Cartwright said despite injuries plaguing his time at the club, Idris showed what he was capable of on the field.
“Jamal showed everyone last season exactly what he is capable of, it was just unfortunate that injury struck right when he was playing some of his best football,’’ said Cartwright.
“It’s unfortunate that he is moving on but it’s the best outcome for both Jamal and his family and we respect that.’’
Idris moves to Penrith on a three-year deal. The transfer has prompted Penrith to release Brad Tighe to the Gold Coast Titans with two years remaining on his contract.
Penrith General Manager Phil Gould welcomes Idris to the club and paid tribute to the Titans for the way they handled the situation.
“I admire the way the club and this player have resolved the situation. And for Panthers, it is a major coup to recruit a player of such a high-profile and tremendous ability. Jamal will be a wonderful acquisition for Penrith, both on and off the field”.
Idris, 23, has achieved so much in the game since he turned out for the Canterbury Bulldogs for the first time in 2008. He has represented Australia, his State and played 103 NRL matches for a return of 33 tries. No doubt Idris will be looking to return to representative duty at some stage this season.
Brad Tighe leaves Penrith having made 113 appearances for the club in his six season, scoring 41 tries.
Panther fans will be debating who should be in the back line for the opening NRL game. It might read something like this: Fullback: Matt Moylan; Wingers: Josh Mansour, David Simmons; Centres: Dean Whare, Jamal Idris; Five Eighth: Peter Wallace; Half-back: Jamie Soward.