Gold Coast Titans centre Jamal Idris. Photo: Getty Images
Gold Coast utility Jamal Idris says he's put his injury woes behind him and is set to start repaying the Titans after a difficult first year at the NRL club.
Idris was a seven-figure signing from Canterbury at the end of 2011 but failed to fire in his first year with the Titans, battling ankle, foot and hamstring complaints.
The 199cm, 115kg giant admits his first year on the Gold Coast was frustrating as he struggled to play at his best due to his continual niggles.
But off-season surgery to correct a genetic hip problem has Idris feeling confident he can regain the sort of form that made the Titans offer him such a lucrative deal to leave Belmore.
"I'm starting to stride out a little bit more and the running technique's getting a lot better since surgery," Idris told reporters on Monday.
"I've been doing a lot more work without the ball, so a lot more fitness stuff and in the gym because I haven't been able to run due to the surgery but the road to recovery's been good."
Idris was one of three Titans named in the emerging New South Wales State of Origin squad which will hold a three-day camp in Sydney from January 18.
The 22-year-old made his sole Origin appearance for the Blues in 2010, when he was viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the game.
And Idris is hoping he can regain that sort of form in 2013.
"That's the pinnacle of rugby league - you want to play there," he said.
"This year, I want to play the best footy I can and, if you do that, you give yourself the best opportunity to get into the Blues side."
The Titans have also provided two players to the Queensland emerging Origin squad, with young forward Ben Ridge continuing his impressive rise after a breakthrough 2012 campaign and fullback Will Zillman also named.
The Queensland squad will join Maroons coach Mal Meninga and Queensland Academy of Sport rugby league director Wayne Bennett in a camp from January 25 to 27.