CANBERRA whiz Blake Ferguson says he left Cronulla a flawed player and will face up to his former club this Sunday transformed as a footballer.
Feguson is bracing himself for a week of hype heading into the fourth qualifying final at Canberra Stadium on Sunday after he left the Sharks at the end of 2010 saying he wanted to win a premiership. He tells Rugby League Week that while he doesn’t want to get involved in that debate, he’s ready for anything the Sharks throw at him.
“That was two years ago now and I want to focus on the game, that’s all,” Ferguson says in the wake of his two-try performance in the 42-22 pasting of the Warriors on Sunday.
“I’ve had to work really to fix my game. There were a lot of things I had to work on. I did it by just doing it on my own, doing it myself. I never watch myself on video – never.
“There’s still a lot of improvement in my game. The big thing for me was decision making – I really had to work on the decvisions I made under pressure in matches.
“The move to Canberra has been great. I am getting to play in the centres now and that’s been good for me. I think it’s my best position and I’m really enjoying my football there.”
Ferguson says he hasn’t really been keeping an eye on his former club this season. “I don’t watch much footy at all, away from training,” he said. “I think that’s been important for me, just getting away from footy and clearing my head.”
Despite his determination to “move on” from the Cronulla clippings, there’s a mountain of press clippings which will follow the 22-year-old around this week.
In 2010, he announced he was activating a clause allowing him to leave if coach Ricky Stuart did, saying: ”I want to win a premiership, and also with the things going on in the club, the uncertainty, I just want to be in a stable place where I can concentrate on winning a title, that is what is in my heart.
”It is nothing personal, I do have an emotional attachment to the club. I just want to win.”
This year, captain Paul Gallen playfully hit back at Ferguson when the Sharks beat the Raiders in the capital, telling Rugby League Week: “Fergo’s made a good decision – I think we beat them last year in the competition (table) too.
“I shouldn’t say that, Fergo’s a good kid. He made a decision at the time that no-one could blame him for. We were going pretty ordinary.”
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