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Monday, 25 March 2019

Ferguson's long road back to Origin redemption


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Blake Ferguson will have to do a lot to make it up to Brad Fittler after brushing an invite to an Origin pre-camp if he’s to find himself back in a Blues jersey, says veteran league reporter Danny Weidler.

Late last week Ferguson revealed he was eager to meet with Fittler to try and salvage the strained relationship following his 2018 Origin snub, but speaking on Nine’s 100% Footy Weidler believed it’d take more than a chat to get back in the Sky Blue.

“He didn’t even show up to an Origin pre-camp, that was a sign of disrespect to Fittler,” Weidler said.

“He took that very personally. That was a sign saying ‘well I don’t want to play in your team’ so he’s got to make it up to Brad Fittler in order to get selected because you can’t ignore the coach like that.

Ferguson and Fittler

After a claiming honours as 2018’s winger of the year, the revitalised 29-year-old was scooped up by Parramatta after playing an integral part in the Roosters’ Premiership crown.

Pundits were unsure whether the winger could back-up last season’s form in a new system without the backing power of a championship winning outfit, but Ferguson has passed with flying colours stealing the spotlight as one of the standout players of the new season.

 Weidler credited Ferguson’s new lifestyle for his renaissance as one of the league’s premier wingers a feat which culminated in a emphatic performance against the Bulldogs on Sunday night with two tries and 298 running metres to his name.

“He’s doing a lot of things right now off the field in his life,” Weidler said.

Blake Ferguson stars for the Eels

“He’s associated with Anthony Mundine, he’s spending time with that family and he’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow – that’s always been the big issue with Blake Ferguson throughout his whole career.

“So if he can get that part of his life right which he seems to be at the moment and maintain that then you know this is why he’s emerging as the best winger.”

Phil Gould echoed Weidler’s sentiments but drew attention to the challenge of dislodging Manly superstar Tom Trbjoevic from Fittler’s flank following the strong chemistry established down the right wing in the Blues’ historic 2018 Origin series.

“There’s a big factor in that origin discussion though because last year Brad Fittler opted for Tom Trbojevic on that right wing and he was one of the best players for NSW throughout the whole series,” Gould said.

NSW Blues win

“There is a chemistry there in that winning make-up at the moment. They made a lot of changes in that team, they bought in a lot of young blokes and there is a chemistry that I’m sure he’ll want to maintain.

“Blake Ferguson is going to have to do a lot to get back into that side, but in the meantime he’s going do a lot for Parramatta. They’re going to ride through on his coat tale

Blake Ferguson will have to do a lot to make it up to Brad Fittler after brushing an invite to an Origin pre-camp if he’s to find himself back in a Blues jersey, says veteran league reporter Danny Weidler.

Late last week Ferguson revealed he was eager to meet with Fittler to try and salvage the strained relationship following his 2018 Origin snub, but speaking on Nine’s 100% Footy Weidler believed it’d take more than a chat to get back in the Sky Blue.

“He didn’t even show up to an Origin pre-camp, that was a sign of disrespect to Fittler,” Weidler said.

“He took that very personally. That was a sign saying ‘well I don’t want to play in your team’ so he’s got to make it up to Brad Fittler in order to get selected because you can’t ignore the coach like that.

Ferguson and Fittler

After a claiming honours as 2018’s winger of the year, the revitalised 29-year-old was scooped up by Parramatta after playing an integral part in the Roosters’ Premiership crown.

Pundits were unsure whether the winger could back-up last season’s form in a new system without the backing power of a championship winning outfit, but Ferguson has passed with flying colours stealing the spotlight as one of the standout players of the new season.

 Weidler credited Ferguson’s new lifestyle for his renaissance as one of the league’s premier wingers a feat which culminated in a emphatic performance against the Bulldogs on Sunday night with two tries and 298 running metres to his name.

“He’s doing a lot of things right now off the field in his life,” Weidler said.

Blake Ferguson stars for the Eels

“He’s associated with Anthony Mundine, he’s spending time with that family and he’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow – that’s always been the big issue with Blake Ferguson throughout his whole career.

“So if he can get that part of his life right which he seems to be at the moment and maintain that then you know this is why he’s emerging as the best winger.”

Phil Gould echoed Weidler’s sentiments but drew attention to the challenge of dislodging Manly superstar Tom Trbjoevic from Fittler’s flank following the strong chemistry established down the right wing in the Blues’ historic 2018 Origin series.

“There’s a big factor in that origin discussion though because last year Brad Fittler opted for Tom Trbojevic on that right wing and he was one of the best players for NSW throughout the whole series,” Gould said.

NSW Blues win

“There is a chemistry there in that winning make-up at the moment. They made a lot of changes in that team, they bought in a lot of young blokes and there is a chemistry that I’m sure he’ll want to maintain.

“Blake Ferguson is going to have to do a lot to get back into that side, but in the meantime he’s going do a lot for Parramatta. They’re going to ride through on his coat tale

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