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Bulldogs retain Idris, Roberts

18/06/2009 08:03:12 PM Comments (0)

His coach believes he's destined to one day wear the sky blue of NSW, but Bulldogs centre Jamal Idris says cementing a berth in the blue and whites is all he's focussed on.

Idris on Thursday joined teammate Ben Roberts in committing to the club through to the end of the 2011 NRL season, the double re-signing a massive boost on the eve of their clash with Penrith at ANZ Stadium.

Despite being just 18, Idris has captured the imagination of the NRL with his combination of power and speed leading to some lofty comparisons.

Even Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore claimed a representative jumper appeared inevitable for the youngster from the NSW mid north coast, but Idris said just holding onto his Bulldogs jumper was enough of a goal for the short term.

"I wouldn't say I've cemented my spot (at the Bulldogs) - I've still got to keep playing well," Idris said.

"Daryl Millard's been playing well in premier league and he's on my tail."

Idris had another year to run on his current contract, but said he had little hesitation in adding another 12 months to what is now an upgraded deal.

"When I first came from the country no other clubs gave me a shot, the Bulldogs were the first one," Idris said.

"I'll always remember that. No matter what happens I know they gave me the first shot."

Moore said the club saw re-signing Idris as a priority with his value growing with each NRL appearance, of which he currently has just 12 to his name.

"Certainly he's heading down that path," Moore said when asked if Idris was representative material.

"I've got no doubt that he'll get there one day.

"He's only young but he's got his feet firmly planted on the ground and he even said that he doesn't even feel secure in first grade - I think that's a good thing to hear from a 18-year-old kid.

As for the lofty comparisons - the latest of which has been with former Kangaroos skipper Mal Meninga - Moore could only laugh.

"They're both big and scary aren't they, there are certain similarities," he said.

"I wouldn't want to be standing in front of him trying to tackle him."

Roberts, coming off arguably his best NRL match against Brisbane last weekend, said he gave little thought to leaving the Bulldogs.

"I told the club at the beginning of negotiations my number one priority was to stay at the club and I'm happy to do so," Roberts said.

"We've got a great bunch of blokes here and the future of the club's looking good so it's just great to be a part of it."

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