A lot of pressure is on rugby league players particularly when they are young and sometimes, they need time off. Penrith Panthers forward Jamal Idris needs time away from the game for himself and the Panthers released him from his contract to allow him to do just that.
After taking some time to think about, Idris made the decision that he felt was best.
“I love the game of rugby league but just at the moment I need to take some time away,” he said.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Panthers but I did not want to continue playing if I couldnâ€™t guarantee giving them 100 per cent.
“I thank them for their understanding at this time.”
As for the club, Executive General Manager Phil Gould praised Jamal’s efforts and commitments with the club and he understands the reasons behind Jamal’s decision.
“Jamal has been wonderful for our club. He played an integral role in the Panthers’ run towards a top four finish in 2014,” Mr Gould said.
“He was an extremely popular player with our members and his work off the field with the community and junior league programs has been nothing short of outstanding.
“Injury and personal issues restricted his playing time last season and I totally understand the reasons behind his request for this release.
“In top form, Jamal is a State of Origin quality player. I hope that he can find a way to rekindle his motivation for the game and return at some stage in the future.”