By STEVE MASCORD
HE’S been suspended and sidelined by injury but Canberra centre Blake Ferguson doesn’t believe he’s given his rivals for a NSW berth any head start.
Ferguson has dramatically reversed his fortunes since being suspended on March 12 for drinking with Josh Dugan instead of training. He returned from a fractured cheekbone in round seven and scored all but eight of Canberra’s points in their 24-20 upset win over Melbourne on Saturday.
“I don’t think I have,” Ferguson said when asked if he had left his run for Origin selection somewhat late..
“There’s some good players out there for NSW this year. It would be good to get a run but in staying that I’ve still got to earn my stripes and I’ve still got to play some consistent footy.
“In the back of your mind it is (there) but I think the main thing is playing good for the boys.”
A fractured cheekbone kept Ferguson out of City-Country this year. “I played last year and thought I could hold my head up high,” he said.
“I thought I would have been a genuine contender. I’d love to just play some good footy with the Raiders.”
Ferguson provided the understatement of the year when he said his 2013 had been “up and down”
“I’ve still got to work on a few things,” he said. “Everyone sees the tries but I see other things in my game that I need to fix up and I will work on those.
“I made a few errors.”
Raiders captain and former NSW five-eighth Terry Campese believes Ferguson would shine in sky blue.
“The way he defended, he was very strong and in attack he was palming them off as he scored a couple of tries as well,” said Campese.
“You could tell during the week he wanted to get out there and have a big game. He prepared the best he has all year.”
Coach David Furner said the secret for Ferguson was to “stay grounded”
Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK