Jamal Idris

In a game like the NRL, where rumours are rife, some are true whilst others are not. When the rumours become associated with a player’s health however, it can get squiffy, with recent rumours suggesting that Gold Coast Titans centre Jamal Idris is playing overweight.

Despite these rumours, Idris denies that they are true and that he is overweight – instead, the centre is pleased with his form in season 2012, particularly having recovered from foot and hamstring injuries, early in the season.

With the rumours suggesting that Idris was at least 10 kilograms overweight, and that the weight had been gained after his move from the Bulldogs – it was Titans coach John Cartwright who leapt to his centre’s defence, with Idris saying any critic out there, has got it all wrong.

“I don’t take notice of what people say anymore,” he said. “People are going to say what they’re going to say – that just shows they don’t know what they are talking about.

“But it doesn’t faze me at all. At the end of the day, who is the one on the field playing footy? Who is the one playing for the boys in the team? They can say what they want.”

With Idris playing solidly alongside fellow centre partner Beau Champion, he wants to maintain that consistency, heading into the rest of the NRL season.

“Mate, I’m over the moon at the moment and I just want to make sure that I keep the consistency.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I’ve been playing. Carty is happy with me and so is everyone else, they’re happy with what I’m doing, so I’m going to keep doing it.”

Idris, a former NSW representative snubbed from Origin recently is not overly concerned about it – instead focusing on his role at the Titans, and doing what he can to help the team win.

“No not at all, that stuff is just a bonus,” he said.

“For me, I’m happy to be playing and just pleased to be able to get some wins for the Titans.

“It’s been a good few weeks for us. I’m just speaking for myself here but when we were playing at the start of the year I knew we had a good team there but we were just having these momentary lapses. I guess the hard thing when you’ve got so many new players to one team is trying to get that synchronisation together. But it’s coming along pretty well and I’m really enjoying it.”

By ricky

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