JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Blake Ferguson a step closer to NRL return after accepting Roosters job

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Gould: NSW's Origin chances

With the Blues playing the best in the business, what are their chances of bringing home the series? Phil Gould discusses with Andrew Webster.

PT0M0S 620 349

Troubled rugby league star Blake Ferguson has taken up an off-field role with the Sydney Roosters with a view to resuming his NRL career with the premiers.

Ferguson and his manager, Sam Ayoub, met with NRL officials at Rugby League Central on Wednesday to discuss a new community-based role for the former Raider at Bondi Junction.

Before it all went wrong: Blake Ferguson in action for Canberra in 2013.

Before it all went wrong: Blake Ferguson in action for Canberra in 2013. Photo: Getty Images

"Blake will work with the PCYC, the junior leagues club and in our community department," confirmed a Roosters spokesperson.

"It is a community-based role with a number of indigenous programs."

The NRL approved the appointment after it was satisfied Ferguson was on a modest salary that would not provide the Roosters with any salary cap advantage should the club try to register him in the future.

The Australian Rugby League Commission will consider re-registering the sacked Raider, but not before he completes a series of education and rehabilitation courses.

It is understood Ferguson, who is recovering from ankle surgery, will not be allowed to play first grade until next season.

"Our welfare and education people will continue to work with him while he's in rehabilitation," an NRL spokesperson.

Ferguson has been in limbo since being found guilty of the indecent assault of a woman at a Cronulla nightspot on the eve of the second State of Origin match last June.

Sacked by the Blues and the Raiders, he turned to boxing only to lose a bout to Goulburn labourer Luke Turner on the undercard of a fight night featuring Anthony Mundine, his cousin.

The 24-year-old vowed to turn around his life and converted to Islam, but has subsequently been spotted drinking at various nightspots.

The Blues have shown they will not allow more alcohol-fuelled incidents to derail their campaign, as evidenced by the sacking of Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce for a nightclub indiscretion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 comments so far

  • Whaaaa? The guy with a drinking problem is still drinking. Had he made a significant and obvious turnaround in his life over say at least a year, then he may have a strong message for young players. Rhetoric without example is completely hollow. This just seems a thinly-veiled attempt by the Roosters to side-step the issues of his re-registration and sneak him in the back door. I hope the NRL doesn't allow it.

    Commenter
    Hohum
    Date and time
    May 21, 2014, 4:34PM
    • I know of hundreds, if not thousands of people who have got stupidly drunk on multiple occasions. All of those are generally responsible people who still drink. Some did stupid things both sober and drunk, still they hold roles in law enforcement, the legal industry, tier one accountancies and they conduct themselves fine.

      Commenter
      Glass House
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 7:38AM
    • @Glass House - I have drank with a lot of people in my time. In that time none of them have ever been accused of, let alone have been found guilty of, indecent assault on a woman. The excuses that are made for some of the neanderthals that still play the game are just sad. Until the NRL takes a zero tolerance approach on things like this then it will continue to fade in relevance. I've done stupid things when drunk - but never have I (and I have been plenty drunk before) thought it okay to touch a woman indecently in the manner that Mr Ferguson did. The game can do without this kind of grub within its ranks.

      Commenter
      Admiral Percy Fitzwallace
      Location
      The Sit Room
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 11:45AM
    • @glass house- If your bi-line is coincidental I apologise. However, I am not one to throw stones with impunity as I have some experience with problem drinking and know the value of a positive example of recovery. I firmly believe in a second chance but my experience tells me that second chances are doomed to failure unless they are built on solid foundations. In that context your response makes little sense but I can understand that you think it does. My point was twofold; one, that BF has no place at this time working in a mentoring/community role and two, given one is obvious, the Rortsters motivation and intentions in employing him are dubious to say the least. However, I am sure the process has been written and signed off already by good mate Sponsor Smith.

      Commenter
      Hohum
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 1:22PM
  • And yet again the Roosters find a smidgeon of room for the latest superstar on the market under their salary sombrero.

    But I'm sure he'll fit into the culture in Bondi quite nicely, I expect Mitchell will take him under his wing.

    Commenter
    Seano
    Date and time
    May 21, 2014, 5:36PM
    • I said a year ago, before the Roosters were even considered a premiership contender that they had pulled off the biggest rort of the salary cap since the NRL was formed. I was howled down by the boys East of Anzac Parade, but of course I have been proven right. The troubling thing is that the NRL and their so called "independent" integrity team keep endorsing the Roosters blatant rorting. Dave Smith is too close to the Roosters and actively worked to deliver Sonny Bill. Until the NRL gets some genuinely independent management in place, and particularly gets a salary cap process with some integrity, the NRL will continue to be tainted by its favouritism towards the golden boys from the East. The current revelations of their efforts to sweep the drunken indiscretions of the Roosters over recent years under the carpet just proves the NRL have double standards.

      Commenter
      Hargreaves
      Location
      Paddington
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 8:12PM
    • I reckon Roosters lesser paid players are contracted to earn around $3.74 a season to fit all the other big name players in their Roster each season...Its simply the Cap that just keeps on giving. I reckon their Bean Counters could get a car to travel to the other side of the Planet for $20.00 Bucks.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 8:55PM
    • I agree Hargreaves whilst ever the Roosters are signing every top player who becomes available and never having to make a tough decision about who to let go like the battling club the whole thing is a joke.

      An independent auditor and a clarification/clean up of the rules especially around 3rd party agreement, which Andrew Faffita's non-contract with the dogs and Darius Boyd being owed hundreds of thousands show are also a farce.

      We're back to the old days of the richest teams buying premierships but at least a back then we didn't have to pretend we were all on a level playing field.

      Commenter
      Seano
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 7:16AM
    • Simpletons. Since the mid-90s this stupid accusation of cap rorting has been thrown around by people who have nothing better to throw at a club that have offered them a million reasons to get critical.
      Sonny Bill is chewing up a heap of the cap. He goes next season.
      Minichiello, though no longer a superstar, is chewing up a lot of it. He goes next season.
      Pearce, Tupou, Tuivasa-Sheck, Moga, Kenny-Dowall, Friend, Guerra, Cordner, Napa, Aubusson, Nuuausala - all of them have never played for another club. We didn't have to poach them from anywhere, we brought them into first grade, and as such in some cases, they are still on very little coin, and in other cases, loyalty to some degree ensures that they are probably with us for less than they'd be elsewhere.

      Jared Waerea-Hargreaves played 5 games with Manly, Sam Moa played 1 game with Cronulla about five years ago. Daniel Mortimer would be on peanuts wherever he plays. So it isn't as though they came with big price tags.
      The only name players we've actually picked up in the last few years are Maloney, who wasn't even a rep player at that stage anyway, SBW, and Jennings who was playing reserves at Penrith.

      Now, lets have a look at those we've gotten rid of in the last 5 years.
      Kennedy, Riddell, Aurona, Ryles, Carney Waqa, Symonds, Mason, O'Meley, Cherrington, Masoe, Linnett, Tasi, O'Donnell. Some stars, some not so great, but all gone, and all their salaries with them. Add SBW to that list come 2014, and the $800,000 or whatever he's on per season, and tell me why we won't be able to afford Fergo?

      Commenter
      Phat Boy
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 2:18PM
  • Wow! This will help. Putting Blake under the direct influence as such great role models as Mitchell Pearce and Boyd Cordner. Now is Blake and his manager were fair dinkum they would appologise to Raiders fans for his complete disruption of the last season and he would work with kids in the national capital for his keep. Then we might be able to say he is on the road to recovery. This is just a sick sinecure to ease him into the elastic Roosters salary cap.

    Commenter
    Brisraider
    Location
    Queensland
    Date and time
    May 21, 2014, 6:04PM

    More comments

    Make a comment

    You are logged in as [Logout]

    All information entered below may be published.

    Error: Please enter your screen name.

    Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Please enter your comment.

    Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

    Post to

    You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

    Thank you

    Your comment has been submitted for approval.

    Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

    Related Coverage

    HuffPost Australia

    NRL Season 2015

    Round 1
    Thu, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 6vs SOU 36 Report Stats
    Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PAR 42vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
    Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 24vs NZW 14 Report Stats
    GCT 18vs WST 19 Report Stats
    NQL 4vs SYD 28 Report Stats
    Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PEN 24vs CBY 18 Report Stats
    CRO 20vs CBR 24 Report Stats
    Mon, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
    STG 4vs MEL 12 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 2
    Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CBY 32vs PAR 12 Report Stats
    CRO 2vs BRI 10 Report Stats
    Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PEN 40vs GCT 0 Report Stats
    MAN 24vs MEL 22 Stats
    NQL 14vs NEW 16 Report Stats
    Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SOU 34vs SYD 26 Stats
    CBR 6vs NZW 18 Report Stats
    Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
    WST 22vs STG 4 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 3
    Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MAN 12vs CBY 16 Report Stats
    BRI 44vs NQL 22 Report Stats
    Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NZW 29vs PAR 16 Report Stats
    CBR 20vs STG 22 Report Stats
    MEL 36vs CRO 18 Report Stats
    Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SOU 20vs WST 6 Report Stats
    GCT 18vs NEW 20 Report Stats
    Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 20vs PEN 12 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 4
    Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PAR 29vs SOU 16 Report Stats
    WST 24vs CBY 25 Report Stats
    Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 26vs PEN 14 Report Stats
    CRO 22vs GCT 24 Report Stats
    STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
    Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NZW 16vs BRI 24 Report Stats
    SYD 34vs CBR 6 Report Stats
    Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NQL 18vs MEL 17 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 5
    Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
    CBY 17vs SOU 18 Report Stats
    GCT 16vs BRI 26 Report Stats
    Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
    MAN 16vs CBR 29 Report Stats
    NEW 0vs STG 13 Report Stats
    Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
    SYD 12vs CRO 20 Report Stats
    Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
    PAR 6vs WST 22 Report Stats
    MEL 30vs NZW 14 Report Stats
    PEN 10vs NQL 30 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 6
    Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
    BRI 22vs SYD 18 Report Stats
    CRO 22vs NEW 6 Report Stats
    Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
    PAR 16vs GCT 38 Report Stats
    NZW 32vs WST 22 Report Stats
    PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
    Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBR 10vs MEL 14 Report Stats
    STG 31vs CBY 6 Report Stats
    Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
    SOU 12vs NQL 30 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 7
    Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
    STG 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
    Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
    GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
    NQL 28vs NZW 24 Report Stats
    MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
    Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
    WST 22vs CBR 30 Report Stats
    NEW 22vs PAR 28 Report Stats
    Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRO 18vs SOU 10 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 8
    Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
    Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
    NZW 28vs GCT 32 Report Stats
    NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
    SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
    MEL 10vs MAN 12 Stats
    BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
    Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
    PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
    SOU 22vs CBR 30 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 9
    Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
    BRI 8vs PEN 5 Report Stats
    SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
    Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
    CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
    CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
    NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
    Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
    MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
    PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
    Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
    SOU 16vs STG 10 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 10
    Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
    CBY 10vs SYD 24 Stats
    NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
    Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
    PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
    GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
    MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
    Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
    STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
    NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
    Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
    MAN 10vs PEN 11 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 11
    Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
    SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
    Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
    WST 0vs NQL 8 Stats
    Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
    CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
    Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
    NEW 18vs BRI 31 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 12
    Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
    PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
    Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
    GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
    CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
    NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
    Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
    NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
    STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
    Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
    SYD 24vs MEL 2 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 13
    Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
    BRI 44vs MAN 10 Report Stats
    WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
    Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
    NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
    SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
    PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
    Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
    CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
    Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
    CBY 29vs STG 16 Stats
    PAR 30vs NQL 36 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 14
    Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
    WST 34vs SOU 6 Report Stats
    Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
    NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
    Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
    GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
    Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
    MEL 22vs PAR 26 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 15
    Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
    MAN 30vs WST 20 Report Stats
    Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
    CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
    GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
    CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
    Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
    NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
    MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
    Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
    STG 14vs SYD 19 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 16
    Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
    BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
    SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
    Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
    NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
    NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
    PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
    Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
    SYD 20vs GCT 10 Stats
    WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
    Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
    CBY 20vs MEL 4 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 17
    Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
    PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
    Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
    STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
    Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
    MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
    Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
    WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 18
    Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
    Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
    PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
    CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
    Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
    NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
    CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
    Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
    GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 19
    Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
    PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
    MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
    Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
    NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
    STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
    Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
    SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
    BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
    Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
    MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 20
    Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
    BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
    WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
    Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
    NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
    MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
    SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
    Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
    PEN 24vs CBR 34 Report Stats
    CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
    Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
    NQL 46vs PAR 4 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 21
    Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
    SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
    WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
    Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
    NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
    NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
    MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
    Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
    STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
    SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
    Mon, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
    GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 22
    Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
    BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
    MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
    Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
    NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
    CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
    PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
    Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
    MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
    NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
    Mon, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
    CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 23
    Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
    NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
    Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
    BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
    Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
    WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
    PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
    SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
    Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
    CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
    CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
    Mon, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
    CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 24
    Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
    STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
    Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
    SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
    Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
    CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
    NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
    SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
    Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
    GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
    MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
    Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
    MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 25
    Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
    SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
    Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
    MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
    Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
    PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
    NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
    MEL 14vs NQL 6 Report Stats
    Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
    WST 50vs NZW 16 Report Stats
    GCT 28vs STG 26 Stats
    Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
    CBR 34vs PEN 18 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 26
    Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
    BRI 8vs MEL 15 Report Stats
    Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
    SYD 30vs SOU 0 Report Stats
    Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
    PEN 30vs NEW 12 Stats
    STG 32vs WST 30 Stats
    NQL 42vs GCT 12 Stats
    Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
    PAR ($1.60)vs CBR ($2.40) 14:00Pirtek
    CRO ($1.44)vs MAN ($2.85) 16:00Rem
    CBY ($1.08)vs NZW ($8.00) 18:30ANZ
    View All Fixtures
    NRL Ladder 2015
    Overall standings
    Team P W L D Pts
    Sydney Roosters 24 18 6 0 40
    Brisbane Broncos 24 17 7 0 38
    North Queensland Cowboys 24 17 7 0 38
    Melbourne Storm 24 14 10 0 32
    Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 23 14 9 0 32
    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 23 13 10 0 30
    South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 11 0 30
    St George-Illawarra Dragons 24 12 12 0 28
    View all
     

    Follow Us on Facebook

    Featured advertisers