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Ennis wants Idris to feel puppy love

Ian McCullough 21/03/2011 04:35:06 PM Comments (0)

Canterbury's hardman hooker Michael Ennis is urging Jamal Idris to stick around at the Bulldogs and feel the love of his NRL team-mates.

The 20-year-old, off contract at the end of the season, is the game's hottest property with soon-to-be-rich Newcastle ready to offer him a lucrative deal.

But NSW rake Ennis believes Idris would be best served staying with the Bulldogs.

"I don't think Jamal needs too many pushes and shoves from people," Ennis said.

"I think he'll know in his heart where he wants to go and what he wants to do, but the important thing is he knows how much as a core group of players we enjoy having him in our side.

"I don't think we need to bash down his door and tell him how much we love him every day. He certainly knows how we feel about him."

Idris was at his irrepressible best in the Bulldogs' win over South Sydney, with his strength and power causing all sorts of problems for the Rabbitohs.

The dreadlocked giant left Souths superstar Greg Inglis trailing in his wake as he cruised to the line for his side's first try and Ennis warned the rest of the NRL, Idris is only going to get better.

"He's only 20 years old. It's scary," he said.

"It's about maintaining it now for Jamal. You look at the likes of Greg Inglis they're pretty heavily marked guys in the comp now and he's going to start to experience that.

"Sides are really going to start trying to contain him, he'll have some challenges but I've no doubt he'll handle it.

"The signs are certainly there that he's got a great career ahead of him and I think at this club and the style of footy we play it really suits him."

The Bulldogs invested heavily in the off-season and have got off to a perfect start, winning their first two games of the year.

Kevin Moore's side came from behind to beat the Rabbitohs 28-19 at ANZ Stadium and Ennis said it was a match they would have lost last season.

"It was a bit of a scratchy win but they're the ones you certainly look back on in September and you're glad that you got the points," he said.

"I don't think we would have won that last year. We would have found a way to lose that.

It's encouraging that we hung in there and we finished off both halves really well. It was just in those middle parts of both halves we were a bit scrappy with some turnovers."

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