IDRIS drops 11 kilos..NRL return..


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    Wests Tigers recruit Jamal Idris drops 11 kilos ahead of NRL return

    Nathan Ryan
    an hour ago
    NATHAN RYAN@nath_ryan
    Source: FOX SPORTS
    THIS isn’t another redemption story. This is a head-down, arse-up kind of tale.

    It should come as no surprise that Jamal Idris has always been a big guy.

    As a kid, he carried a few extra kilos around his waist and they followed him into his teenage years.

    So after a year-long hiatus from the game in order to travel the globe, you’d be forgiven for expecting Idris to return to rugby league a little heavier than usual.

    But that’s not the case.

    In fact, he’s lighter than ever.

    In the clearest sign yet that the former Test centre is primed for a big return with the Wests Tigers, Idris has dropped a massive 11 kilos over the summer.

    So what’s his secret?

    It’s quite simple. It started with a goal, moved on to some hard work with a trainer from the hit TV show The Biggest Loser and finished with 24 new teammates and a coaching staff to impress.

    “When I signed I said ‘I’ve had time off, I’d rather start now so I can have a base before I go into pre-season,” Idris told foxsports.com.au.

    “I did a little work with (Biggest Loser trainer) Shannon Ponton out in Manly. He’s a legend of a bloke. He did a lot of mental work with where my head needs to be to get back in it.

    “I started with (assistant strength and conditioning coach) Alex (Kertesz) and we trained three or four times a week about a month before pre-season started.”

    The lightest he has ever been during an NRL pre-season, the dreadlocked giant weighs in at 114 kilos.

    Put into perspective that he’s usual playing weight is around 120 kilos and it’s no small feat.

    But what’s equally as impressive is his work in the gym.

    While the skin fold readings are down, his stronger than ever and still the explosive ball runner we all fell in love with when he burst onto the scene with the Bulldogs in 2008.

    “I’ve run my best time in our 1.2 (kilometre) time trials, I’m lifting the heaviest I’ve lifted too,” he revealed.

    “They asked me what my goal weight would be to play at and I said 115 and at the moment, I’m at 114. That’s before the season even starts. At Penrith, I was playing at about 121.

    “ … when I was at the Dogs I played at 115. I know I’m at my best when I’m at 115.”

    Eager to get back on the field, Idris has wasted little time earning the trust of his new teammates.

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    Last week, the Tigers had their first opposed training session for the year and it was Idris who had everyone ducking for cover.

    “I feel that he will be that exciting player again,” Nofoaluma said.

    “His attitude and what he brings to the team, we know what he’s capable of doing and he looks damaging at training.

    “Instead of doing that at training I can’t wait until he does that to someone on the opposing team.”

    Having been away from the game since season 2014 ended, Idris admits he’s excited to play his first game for the season.

    Pushing for a place in the round one squad, he’ll likely get his first taste during the trials in a few week’s time.

    In the meantime he’s been trying to contain his enthusiasm at training.

    “I actually miss the contact,” Idris said.

    “You’re playing against your own boys so you don’t want to get too physical.

    “I hold back because you don’t want to be the guy running at 100 per cent throwing palms and bumping off guys but sometimes you do get a bit eager.”

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/wests-tigers-recruit-jamal-idris-drops-11-kilos-ahead-of-nrl-return/news-story/854b54344d2b3d08666e5abe06f5d3ef?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=FoxSportsAus


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    Most interesting part out of that to me…

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    I think we have our left Centre sorted for 2017…



  • @Geo.:

    Wests Tigers recruit Jamal Idris drops 11 kilos ahead of NRL return

    Nathan Ryan
    an hour ago
    NATHAN RYAN@nath_ryan
    Source: FOX SPORTS
    THIS isn’t another redemption story. This is a head-down, arse-up kind of tale.

    It should come as no surprise that Jamal Idris has always been a big guy.

    As a kid, he carried a few extra kilos around his waist and they followed him into his teenage years.

    So after a year-long hiatus from the game in order to travel the globe, you’d be forgiven for expecting Idris to return to rugby league a little heavier than usual.

    But that’s not the case.

    In fact, he’s lighter than ever.

    In the clearest sign yet that the former Test centre is primed for a big return with the Wests Tigers, Idris has dropped a massive 11 kilos over the summer.

    So what’s his secret?

    It’s quite simple. It started with a goal, moved on to some hard work with a trainer from the hit TV show The Biggest Loser and finished with 24 new teammates and a coaching staff to impress.

    “When I signed I said ‘I’ve had time off, I’d rather start now so I can have a base before I go into pre-season,” Idris told foxsports.com.au.

    “I did a little work with (Biggest Loser trainer) Shannon Ponton out in Manly. He’s a legend of a bloke. He did a lot of mental work with where my head needs to be to get back in it.

    “I started with (assistant strength and conditioning coach) Alex (Kertesz) and we trained three or four times a week about a month before pre-season started.”

    The lightest he has ever been during an NRL pre-season, the dreadlocked giant weighs in at 114 kilos.

    Put into perspective that he’s usual playing weight is around 120 kilos and it’s no small feat.

    But what’s equally as impressive is his work in the gym.

    While the skin fold readings are down, his stronger than ever and still the explosive ball runner we all fell in love with when he burst onto the scene with the Bulldogs in 2008.

    “I’ve run my best time in our 1.2 (kilometre) time trials, I’m lifting the heaviest I’ve lifted too,” he revealed.

    “They asked me what my goal weight would be to play at and I said 115 and at the moment, I’m at 114. That’s before the season even starts. At Penrith, I was playing at about 121.

    “ … when I was at the Dogs I played at 115. I know I’m at my best when I’m at 115.”

    Eager to get back on the field, Idris has wasted little time earning the trust of his new teammates.

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    Last week, the Tigers had their first opposed training session for the year and it was Idris who had everyone ducking for cover.

    “I feel that he will be that exciting player again,” Nofoaluma said.

    “His attitude and what he brings to the team, we know what he’s capable of doing and he looks damaging at training.

    “Instead of doing that at training I can’t wait until he does that to someone on the opposing team.”

    Having been away from the game since season 2014 ended, Idris admits he’s excited to play his first game for the season.

    Pushing for a place in the round one squad, he’ll likely get his first taste during the trials in a few week’s time.

    In the meantime he’s been trying to contain his enthusiasm at training.

    “I actually miss the contact,” Idris said.

    “You’re playing against your own boys so you don’t want to get too physical.

    “I hold back because you don’t want to be the guy running at 100 per cent throwing palms and bumping off guys but sometimes you do get a bit eager.”

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/wests-tigers-recruit-jamal-idris-drops-11-kilos-ahead-of-nrl-return/news-story/854b54344d2b3d08666e5abe06f5d3ef?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=FoxSportsAus

    Good story. If his head stays in the right place this bloke can be so dangerous. Still only 26 so has his best years ahead of him, starting now.



  • @Geo.:

    Most interesting part out of that to me…

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    I think we have our left Centre sorted for 2017…

    i assume you mean right?

    i dont think he was ever signed to play anywhere else. even before he was signed moses said in an interview that hes pumped to have jamal defending next to him.

    he seems to want it for the first time ever. cant remember ever being this pumped to see a new signing in our colours!



  • My tip for opening try scorer this season.


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    @fergiefurr:

    @Geo.:

    Most interesting part out of that to me…

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    I think we have our left Centre sorted for 2017…

    i assume you mean right?

    i dont think he was ever signed to play anywhere else. even before he was signed moses said in an interview that hes pumped to have jamal defending next to him.

    he seems to want it for the first time ever. cant remember ever being this pumped to see a new signing in our colours!

    Yeah…the other left… 😊



  • @wd in perth:

    My tip for opening try scorer this season.

    So you are tipping a tryless game between Sharks and Broncos?

    Big call 😆



  • @Geo.:

    @fergiefurr:

    @Geo.:

    Most interesting part out of that to me…

    According to edge partner David Nofoaluma, there’s also a lot of admiration for the hard work he’s been putting in.

    I think we have our left Centre sorted for 2017…

    i assume you mean right?

    i dont think he was ever signed to play anywhere else. even before he was signed moses said in an interview that hes pumped to have jamal defending next to him.

    he seems to want it for the first time ever. cant remember ever being this pumped to see a new signing in our colours!

    Yeah…the other left… 😊

    Well you could argue, if the RIGHT centre is sorted, then our LEFT centre is by default also sorted. In other words if you have the top two candidates and you assign one, you then know for sure where the other one goes as well.

    Assuming of course that nobody in the entire universe has Frozone ahead of Idris or Simona in their pecking order.



  • Idris and Nofo could be this season’s Leipana. I wonder what they’ll go with…Nofris? Idraluma?



  • Not only will our back line be exciting ….its gunna be DANGEROUS for a change… 😈


  • Banned

    I hope that 11kg found its way to Papenhuyzen



  • He’s leaving himself with no excuses. He’ll want big bucks in 2018, so he’ll be hungry to have a red hot go if for that alone. We keep referring to the big 4. It could be the big 5 if he lives up to the hype that’s surrounding him atm.



  • @GNR4LIFE:

    He’s leaving himself with no excuses. He’ll want big bucks in 2018, so he’ll be hungry to have a red hot go if for that alone. We keep referring to the big 4. It could be the big 5 if he lives up to the hype that’s surrounding him atm.

    If Idris has a big season you can bet Nofo will as well and then you’ve got a big 6 on your hands…



  • Really looking forward to the combination Moses and Idris can strike up together. I think Nofo could be a big beneficiary as Idris is such a big unit, it could free up the sideline a bit more for Nofo if Jamal can draw and pass well.



  • I’m guessing this will push Kev to the wing which will be a good result. His defence is nowhere near NRL standard to play anywhere but on the wing.


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