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. 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.