NRL star retires aged just 27

Jamal Idris has retired from rugby league aged just 27 due to injury.

Having played a total of 136 games since making his debut in 2008, Idris made his name with the Bulldogs before stints at Gold Coast, Penrith and Wests Tigers.

However, his career has recently been marred by injury with a ruptured ACL meaning he only played five games last season.

And the former State of Origin and Australian international took to Instagram last night to announce his playing days are over.

“Thank you all for sharing this game and journey with me unfortunately due to injury it’s ended my time at 27 in this great game.

“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, but as my brother once told me ‘football is a very small part of your life and you will not finish growing when football stops, if anything that is when life will truly begin for you.

“I just want to thank everyone that has stood by me through the good times and the bad throughout my amazing time in the nrl, so thank you to my amazing family my awesome friends and the truly amazing fans that make the game what it is … onto the next chapter where ever that may be.”