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Idris not worried about proving himself

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Adrian Warren

A rejuvenated Jamil Idris says he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself as he prepares to return to the NRL.

The former NSW and Australian representative was granted a release from the final year of his contract in 2016 and hasn't played an NRL game since April 2015, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Now at Wests Tigers, his fourth NRL club, Idris 26, has experienced an eventful journey since making his debut for the Bulldogs in 2008, just over a month after his 18th birthday.

Among the highs were playing for NSW in 2010 and Australia in 2011, while the lows included being stood down by Penrith for an alcohol-related incident in 2014 when he was also believed to be suffering depression.

"People are always going to say I have to prove myself but I don't have to prove myself to anyone but myself," Idris said on Monday.

The centre's weight and fitness have been topics of discussion in the past but he is placing a big emphasis on the latter.

"To get to my peak fitness, that's going to be a massive goal," he said.

"I want to be able in the 75th minute to be playing at my best."

He hasn't given up on returning to the representative arena.

"I think that's something that will come if I do hit my peak and if I do play to the best of my ability," he said.

He spent much of this time off travelling but kept in touch with the game and is ready for the challenge of adjusting to any lift in standard since he last played.

"I watched it a bit on TV every now and then. In India, I watched the Origin on YouTube, " Idris said.

"I'm excited. It's going to be a bit of a challenge but what's this life without challenges?"

His teammates don't believe there's any risk in signing Idris.

"What Jamal did was be honest with himself and he needed a break from the game from the game," said Tigers prop and Idris's former Penrith teammate Tim Grant.

"A lot of people would just be comfortable and not be happy and cop their pay cheque."

"I haven't seen Jamal this happy for a long time."

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