COLOURFUL character Jamal Idris has announced his shock retirement from professional football, which he says was forced by injury.
The 27-year-old made the announcement on his Instagram page on Thursday.
The retirement came out of the blue, as Idris has barely been heard of since suffering a bad knee injury while playing for Wests Tigers earlier this year.
"The game has given me so much. More than anything it has given me character, a way to express myself and the ability to change the lives of others," he wrote.
Idris played 136 NRL games with the Bulldogs, Titans, Panthers and Tigers over an eventful career that spanned nine years.
He also represented Australia and NSW.
In 2015 he shocked the NRL when he walked away from Penrith and the game altogether to go on a soul-searching mission.
He returned and signed a contract with the Tigers but only played five games in 2017 before being injured.
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