Penrith centre to take a break from rugby league

Jamal Idris

He is young and disciplinary issues can be rife with younger players and for Jamal Idris, a centre at Penrith, a recent incident has seen his club announce that he will be taking a break from rugby league.

Linked with some personal issues, the club felt this was the best move for Jamal, releasing a statement on the very matter:

Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould has tonight announced that player Jamal Idris will be taking a break from rugby league, effective immediately.

“The club has been working closely with the NRL this week to put a support system in place to help Jamal deal with some personal issues.

The club stresses that this matter has nothing to do with disciplinary action.

The Panthers and the NRL are fully supportive of Jamal and will be assisting him during this important period.

On behalf of Jamal and his family, the Panthers club would like to request that everyone respect their privacy at this time.”

In terms of the actual incident, it has emerged that the centre has been stood down for disciplinary reasons that tie into his personal issues.

The alleged incident was an alcohol-related one and was believed to have occurred last week when the Panthers had the bye.

With the club informed of the incident during the week, they acted and have stood Idris down.

Idris joined Penrith from the Gold Coast this season and despite the incident, the club are standing by the centre.

“Jamal has personal issues that the club is helping him address,” said a club official.

“He has the full support of the coaching staff and the rest of the players.”

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