Penrith Panthers' high profile recruit Jamal Idris has been granted a leave of absence from rugby league as he deals with personal issues.
The Panthers said in a statement on Thursday night that Idris would take an immediate break from rugby league.
“The club has been working closely with the NRL this week to put a support system in place to help Jamal deal with some personal issues,” the statement read.
“The club stresses that this matter has nothing to do with disciplinary action.
“The Panthers and the NRL are fully supportive of Jamal and will be assisting him during this important period.”
The hulking centre had returned to his career-best form since returning to Sydney and linking up with the Panthers this year after two seasons on the Gold Coast.
He starred for Country in their recent match against City, scoring a try, as he steamrolled his way to man of the match honours.
Idris was on the verge of Origin selection. Injuries to Brett and Josh Morris would have had Idris in the frame for an Origin recall.
He has played a game each for Australia and NSW. The 23-year-old made his debut at the Bulldogs in 2006 and played four seasons there before switching to the Titans on a rich four year deal.
Idris left the club at the end of last season, as he battled homesickness. He returned to the western suburbs to live with family.
“On behalf of Jamal and his family, the Panthers would like to request that everyone respect their privacy at this stage,” the statement read.
Idris has played nine games for the Panthers this year after missing round one through injury. He had been named to play Parramatta on Friday night but has withdrawn.
The Panthers are yet to name a replacement.