Has the Dally M rookie of the year curse struck again?
Jamal Idris looks set to become the latest in a long line of former NRL prodigies to leave the game.
Idris was on Monday granted a release by Penrith and has taken time away from rugby league to ponder his future.
While the talented yet troubled 25-year-old has not yet officially retired, we may have seen the last of him.
Should he hang up the boots, Idris will become the sixth former rookie of the year to prematurely depart the 13-man code since 2004.
Karmichael Hunt, Tim Smith, Jarryd Hayne, Israel Folau and Chris Sandow were all awarded the gong for the game’s best youngster between 2004 and 2008 and all are now plying their trade elsewhere.
While all were standout talents in their debut seasons, they all left the NRL either for greener pastures or because of personal problems.
The award has been a more reliable predictor of things to come in recent years with Daly Cherry-Evans (2011), Matt Gillett (2010) and Adam Reynolds (2012) all blooming into top line players.
THE DALLY M ROOKIES OF THE YEAR – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
2004: Karmichael Hunt – after a stint with AFL club Gold Coast Suns, now trying his hand at rugby union with the Queensland Reds
2005: Tim Smith – dogged by alcohol and personal problems during his career, which has spanned five different clubs, he was last month sacked by Super League team Wakefield for gross misconduct following a car crash and failing to provide an breath sample to police
2006: Jarryd Hayne – pursuing his NFL dream in America but was this week cut from their main roster
2007: Israel Folau – a member of the Wallabies’ losing side in the Rugby World Cup final
2008: Chris Sandow – ushered out the door by Parramatta earlier this year, now running around with Warrington in the English Super League
2009: Jamal Idris – granted a release by Penrith and faces an uncertain future.