Enigmatic Canberra Raiders centre Blake Ferguson has almost certainly won himself a blues jersey based on his performances against the Storm last week and the Knights yesterday. Five tries in two matches is all that needs to be said about Ferguson’s on field performances of late.
After a tumultuous start to the season that saw Ferguson on the cusp of being unemployed, he has returned with a vengeance after a club imposed suspension and injury layoff to be one of the form players of the competition. Ferguson has scored 32 tries for the Raiders in a little over two seasons, which is an impressive strike rate and is only just starting to realise the potential he has in Rugby League. He has started to get his life together off the field and has been rewarded with a two year extension to keep him with the Raiders until the end of the 2015 season.
Ferguson has also sought guidance from Raiders legend Mal Meninga about life in the spotlight and how to be a better person off the field. This will no doubt benefit Ferguson but could cost Meninga if NSW go on to win Origin this year and Ferguson plays a leading role. A double edged sword for Mal but one I think he can easily live with
Ferguson is exactly what NSW need. He has size, power and is equally as good in defence as he is with the ball in hand. Ferguson is a difficult player to scheme against because he can be unpredictable and has silky ball skills to be able to offload before the line and in traffic. He could be the X factor NSW need to break the drought of seven consecutive series losses.
Just keep him away from the breezers if there is a bonding night in camp!