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Idris' off-field form attracts Titans

By Laine Clark 23/03/2011 06:42:21 PM Comments (0)

Dominating NRL superstar Greg Inglis on the field was impressive enough.

But it was Jamal Idris' performance afterwards that convinced Gold Coast Titans boss Michael Searle he must pursue the off-contract Canterbury powerhouse.

"I was probably more impressed with his performance after the game," Searle said on Wednesday.

"The fact that he was so respectful to GI (Inglis) said a lot about his character.

"I was impressed the way he handled what could have been, for a young boy, an easy opportunity to spruik, and he didn't.

"On that basis alone we are interested.

"That to me is the sort of player who is appealing to our club.

"And he is a future superstar.

"You've got an obligation to your fans and sponsors to at least participate in that sort of negotiation."

Idris' asking price is set to skyrocket after brushing aside opposite number Inglis in the Bulldogs' convincing 28-19 NRL win over South Sydney on Sunday.

The 20-year-old has already toured Newcastle's facilities and had dinner with Knights coach Rick Stone.

Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs are seeking federal government support to offer Idris a role as an indigenous ambassador.

And the Sydney-based club also hope to cater for his TV and film aspirations.

But Searle has backed himself despite the huge interest from the Knights, and Canterbury producing the big carrots for the NSW representative to stay.

"We have a very attractive lifestyle, and wonderful facilities - they are big advantages," Searle said.

"And I know family (on the NSW north coast) is a big thing with him as well.

"Because you have to consider the emotional side.

"Moving a player away from a club is a massive task because players are inherently very loyal to their club.

"The days of just putting in an offer for a player are gone - there are a lot of things you have to tick off.

"It's like a marriage proposal. The first girl you meet you don't get married to.

"We need to understand what is important in his life, his family, and what he wants to do in his life outside of football.

"If he is genuinely interested we will sit down and talk to him."

Searle hopes to speak to Idris' manager Sam Ayoub in the next week.

The chief executive said the Titans' interest in the Bulldogs star should not sound alarm bells for off-contract Gold Coast players - including the likes of high profile forwards Luke Bailey and Anthony Laffranchi.

"We had a massive tilt at Inglis last year and we have not brought anyone in since then so if we could fit Greg Inglis in I am sure we could fit Jamal Idris in," Searle said.

"There is no one at that stage of their career where they are under (salary cap) pressure - we could keep the current squad for another year quite easily.

"We don't change for the sake of change - stability in the roster is important."

Bulldogs boss Todd Greenberg has said his club will table a formal offer to Idris within the next two to three weeks.

Knights members vote on a rich privatisation proposal from multi-millionaire Nathan Tinkler next week.

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