Jamal Idris will take an indefinite break from rugby league after successfully requesting a release from the Penrith Panthers.
Idris, who had one year left to run on his NRL contract at the club, played just 28 games in his two years at the club as he battled injuries.
"I love the game of rugby league but just at the moment I need to take some time away," he said.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Panthers but I did not want to continue playing if I couldn't guarantee giving them 100 per cent."
Idris was previously given time away from the game in 2014 by the Panthers as he battled personal issues.
Idris was recently rumoured to be in discussions with the Melbourne Storm.