By STEVE MASCORD
CANBERRA star Blake Ferguson insists he wasn’t telling fibs when he claimed he was only in Townsville at the weekend to visit family.
After team-mate Brett White posted online a picture of Ferguson on the plane north, the man who was supposed to be out for another week with a facial injury Tweeted: ”got family up here so I made the trip with the boys! Still out till next week!”
But sure enough, when the teams were posted for Saturday’s 1300SMILES Stadium game against North Queensland, Ferguson was in it.
“I came up to visit my family, I got assessed with the cheekbone and they said I was alright to play,” he tells League Week.
“I still came up to see my family, My father lives here, Steve Lyons. I visited all my family and stuff. It’s really good, coming up here and getting to catch up with my father.”
Lyons is Ferguson’s paternal father; he was raised by his grandmother and her husband in Wellington, NSW.
He received a knock to the face late in the 30-12 loss on Saturday and was momentarily stunned but otherwise unscathed.
“I was meant to be out for another week,” he said. “I trained pretty good during the week and I just spoke to Furnsy (coach David Furner) and said ‘mate, I’m ready to play’.
“He showed a bit of faith in me. I’m very happy just to get a game out. I’ve got to get used to it again.”
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