Ex-Titan Jamal Idris has given fans an insight into why he had to leave the Gold Coast.
The star forward last week made the move to Penrith after requesting to get out of his $1.8 million, five-year deal contract with the Titans on compassionate grounds.
He wanted to be closer to family in Sydney, after revealing his mother had been sick for around a year.
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Fox Sports reports, yesterday Idris revealed how a text message from his mum, Alana, on Saturday night left him in tears and reminded him he made the right move.
The 23-year-old said he struggled with being isolated on the Gold Coast, so much so he couldn’t bare another winter away from his mother.
“Mum has been sick, and it was hard up there by myself,” Idris said.
“I had an awkward moment on Saturday. I’d been to the races earlier, and she sent me a message out of nowhere which said, ‘My boy, I’m just listening to (Helen Reddy’s 1973 No.1 classic) Delta Dawn, and it reminded me of you’. I used to sing that song to her when she dropped me off at school. I had a couple of tears.”
“I tried flying mum up to the Gold Coast, but it was too much for her.”
Idris said he made good friends on the holiday strip, but was disappointed injury prevented him from reaching the heights that earned him Blues and Kangaroos jumpers at the start of his career.