I’m sick of doing these fucking articles, but according to a report the Roosters have expressed interest in recalcitrant and currently-unemployed centre Blake Ferguson, despite denials from the club.
“Well why bother entertaining these articles on 26 Rounds” you ask? Well, what kind of Roosters blog would it be if I didn’t respond to a Roosters rumour — no matter how objectionable it is?
According to an article in The Australian this morning:
BLAKE Ferguson has moved closer to a return to the game after the NRL confirmed it had held informal talks with one club over the former NSW centre’s future.
The Australian has been told the club involved was the Sydney Roosters, but that was last night denied by the club’s chief executive, Brian Canavan.
Ferguson’s career has been in limbo since December, when he was found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman at a Cronulla nightspot. The incident happened after his selection for NSW for the second State of Origin team and led to his axing from the team.
The NRL took a dim view of the incident and said it would take the verdict into account when making any future determination whether to register him as a player. Ferguson has been without an NRL club since walking out on Canberra at the end of last season rather than see out his contract.
The 24-year-old turned to his uncle and former champion boxer, Anthony Mundine, to straighten out his life, prompting his decision last year to convert to Islam. However, since then Ferguson has been spotted at Sydney nightspots drinking. Ferguson was seen near Roosters headquarters last year chatting with players, but that coincided with his visits to the NRL’s welfare and education department. He has also been sighted at South Sydney games with Grayson Goodwin, the brother of Rabbitohs centre Bryson.
If the Roosters were genuinely interested in Ferguson, they could find it difficult to accommodate him in a star-studded backline that includes centres Michael Jennings and Shaun Kenny-Dowall, and wingers Daniel Tupou and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. However, the backline could reshuffle next year with captain and fullback Anthony Minichiello poised to retire at season’s end. That would potentially open a spot for Ferguson. Sydney Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan dismissed the suggestion last night.
“At this point in time he’s a de-registered player and there’s been no correspondence whatsoever from us with the NRL,” Canavan said.
Like many articles these days the Roosters are seemingly linked again to another off-contract player in an effort to create the illusion of demand to drive their price up. In the past three weeks it’s been James Tedesco and Andrew Fifita, and now Ferguson.
In the past year we’ve been linked with Israel Folau and Sam Tomkins to name just two players. And we’ve been linked with Ferguson over and over — and over — again despite the players we already have and despite other clubs (Souths and the Dogs) in greater need for an outside back than the defending premiers.
These stories are becoming tiresome. But there’s always the slim chance they could be true, and in this instance I hope it’s not.
I’d prefer Tedesco if they are just going to throw Sonny Bill’s money at someone: he’s clearly a talent as well, can play in the centres, was a Roosters fan growing up and is definitely a hard worker, already coming back from some knee surgeries.
But with so many young guys coming off contract, you’d think they would be the priority at this point.
But I guess we’ll just wait and see.