The Gold Coast Titans are putting a positive spin on the loss of Jamal Idris, instead welcoming his replacement.
The local NRL club yesterday confirmed it had granted the star centre an immediate release from the final three years of his contract on compassionate grounds.
Idris, 23, will head straight to Sydney to join the Penrith Panthers and be closer to family. The Titans confirmed his mother has been ill for the past year.
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The club’s website reports, the move has opened up an opportunity for talented Panthers speedster Brad Tighe to join the Titans on a two-year contract for seasons 2014-15.
Tighe, 29, has played 157 NRL matches for both the Panthers and Newcastle since making his debut for the Knights in 2005.
Idris said he was thankful for the understanding of the Titans due to personal reasons.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here at the Titans and I’m grateful that the club has favourably considered my request for a release,’’ said Idris.
“For personal reasons, I have decided it would be best to be closer to my family as my mum has been ill for the past year and it’s been difficult living interstate.”
Titans Chief Executive Officer Graham Annesley said while it was unfortunate to be fare welling Idris after just two seasons with the club, it was about putting people’s live first.
“We are dealing with people’s lives and at times, we have to put the best interests of people first,” Annesley said.
“We now look forward to the arrival of Brad Tighe, who is a well-credentialed centre with plenty of NRL experience.”