The Battle of the Centres
Australian and NSW representative Josh Morris will go face to face with former teammate Jamal Idris this weekend when the Bulldogs face Penrith at Sportingbet Stadium.
The Bulldogs were extremely pleased this week to announce the re-signing of their centre until the end of season 2018. The contract will see Morris play a total of 10 seasons at Belmore, after he joined the club in 2009 from St. George Illawarra.
Having already made 111 appearances for the blue and white, including 68 tries at a strike rate of 0.61, Morris is confident that the current Bulldogs squad can deliver fans their first premiership since 2004.
“The squad that we’ve built over the last three or four years, a number of blokes are here for another three or four years alongside myself, it’s a great club and a great bunch of blokes and I’m very happy to be here for a long time, “ said Morris.
Since departing the Dogs at the end of 2011, Jamal Idris joined the Gold Coast Titans for seasons 2012 and 2013 before linking up with Ivan Cleary at the foot of the mountain.
Idris developed a devastating centre combination with Josh Morris during his time at the club, which saw him make a Preliminary Final back in 2009 against Parramatta and earned him a NSW Origin call up in 2011.
Morris is well known for his defensive prowess, notably shutting down Greg Inglis in State of Origin Game 1 last year. Playing left centre, Josh will have the daunting task of defending against the 195cm/120kg right centre Jamal Idris.
“I’ve played alongside him but I haven’t had a chance to play against him. He’s