The Bulldogs have declared war on big-spending Nathan Tinkler in the family club’s bid to retain superstar Jamal Idris.
On the same day Michael Ennis inked a new deal that will keep him at Belmore until the end of 2014, both Ennis and coach Kevin Moore yesterday said a whopping bank cheque would not guarantee Idris’ happiness.
Idris has already asked to meet Ennis to discuss his own future as he weighs up a million-dollar deal from Newcastle’s prospective owner Tinkler.
Ennis told Idris “the grass is not always greener” and hopes he will remain at a Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs outfit that has now locked away Josh Morris, Trent Hodkinson, Steve Turner, Frank Pritchard and Greg Eastwood to lengthy deals.
Ennis could not be happier with his three-year deal and said he had been in regular contact with Idris.
Moore also threw down the gauntlet and said Newcastle ran the risk of being an on-field flop if Tinkler threw outrageous money at one or two players.
Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg has met with Idris’ manager Sam Ayoub several times already and will meet again later this week. “We’ve made it clear we want to keep him at the club,” Greenberg said.
“We’ve also made it clear this deal shouldn’t just be made on financial terms, although we are aware every player has the right to maximise their commercial value.
“Jamal provides huge opportunity on the field and equal opportunities off the field because he has a huge following who really gravitate to him.”