Jamal Idris of the Wests Tigers.
Jamal Idris of the Wests Tigers. PAUL MILLER

Idris cops possible career-ending blow

JAMAL Idris's NRL career could be over after the Wests Tigers centre suffered a season-ending knee injury at training on Saturday.

Idris has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, the same knee he injured in 2015 during his last stint in rugby league at Penrith.

It's a devastating blow for the 26-year-old, who is off-contract at the end of the year having joined the Tigers on a cut-price deal over the summer.

Idris has battled several injuries so far this season and has managed just five games since joining the Tigers after an 18-month sabbatical from the game.

He was due to return from a hamstring injury against South Sydney on Friday night but will instead meet with his surgeon on Friday as he faces a minimum six-month recovery period.

The Tigers confirmed Idris would be sidelined for the remainder of 2017 via a club statement, vowing to "monitor and support Idris as he begins his rehabilitation process".

The news casts doubt over Idris's continued career in the game given his battles with injuries and depression.

At his fourth club after stints with Canterbury, the Gold Coast and Penrith, Idris was recruited by sacked coach Jason Taylor, though he has played previously under current coach Ivan Cleary.

Since debuting as an 18-year-old with the Bulldogs in 2008, Idris has played 136 NRL games to date, with one NSW Origin appearance in 2010 and a single Kangaroos Test a year later.

News Corp Australia


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