He's back... Blake Ferguson warming up during Raiders training on July 31. Photo: Jay Cronan
Canberra Raiders centre Blake Ferguson has been named to make his NRL return against the Roosters this Saturday after missing the past seven games through suspension.
In a selection shock, Reece Robinson has made way for Ferguson, with Jack Wighton shifting from the centres to wing.
Ferguson has played for NSW Cup side Mounties the past two weeks, the Raiders easing him back after an NRL-imposed suspension to address his alcohol issues.
Blake Ferguson outside the Raiders change room as Canberra take on the Melbourne Storm on August 4. Photo: Melissa Adams
It’s the 23-year-old’s first game with the Raiders since being charged with indecent assault, following a night out drinking with St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan at a Cronulla nightspot on the eve of State of Origin II camp.
Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charge in Waverley Local Court on July 16.
And after a record 68-4 loss to Melbourne on Sunday, the Raiders have taken a punt on the disgraced NSW Origin star.
Robinson's omission is a big surprise after he was outstanding at fullback filling in for the sacked Josh Dugan late last year and early this season.
However, he has been quiet on the wing in recent weeks, with star youngster Anthony Milford taking over at fullback.
Robinson is the only player dropped from the Storm debacle, the majority of the squad given a chance to atone against competition leaders the Roosters in Sydney.