Laurie Daley says he has no plans to ''crucify'' Blake Ferguson after the star Canberra Raiders centre left an emerging Origin players camp early without informing the NSW coach.
Ferguson departed the camp at Coogee a fortnight ago to deal with an undisclosed personal issue, and Daley was only told of his absence by Raiders fullback Josh Dugan the following day at training.
While he hasn't spoken to Ferguson since the incident, the pair were reunited when Daley's Indigenous All Stars side went into camp in Queensland on Friday.
It was suggested officials were considering standing Ferguson down from the All Stars clash to deal with his issues, but he will play in next week's showpiece.
Daley rates Ferguson a legitimate Origin prospect, having mentored him with Country last year when he won the players' player award for his two-try performance. He said the fact Ferguson didn't tell him he was leaving camp wouldn't harm his representative chances.
''Oh no, obviously family is more important than rugby league and if you've got an issue you need to attend to, you've got to go and do that,'' Daley said.
''They're the big decisions you have to make and if you believe it's in the best interests, you do that.
''That's what he's done and without knowing the issue or what it is, I'm not going to crucify him.
''I don't know the circumstances or how serious it was, he mightn't have had time to tell me.''
It continues a dramatic off-field period for Ferguson, who was issued a one-match suspension by the Raiders for turning up to training under the influence last year. In November, the club also fined the 22-year-old $5000 and ordered him to complete more community service work after he allegedly spat on patrons at the Foreshore music festival.
Daley told The Canberra Times late last month he wants to see Ferguson address his off-field issues before he can launch a serious Origin claim.
''There's no denying his talent and ability, obviously he needs to get himself right and not have those misdemeanours which have stopped his career inadvertently,'' Daley said. ''I'm sure somewhere down the track we'll have a yarn.''
Raiders coach David Furner said he has no qualms with Ferguson playing the All Stars game, instead of taking a few days off to deal with the family issue.
''It's more of a personal thing and he needs to get that sorted, he's now back at training and I don't think it's a problem [Ferguson playing All Stars],'' Furner said.
''He'll be playing in the game and has gone on the camp, that's all been dealt with.
''He did have a bit of an impingement with his shoulder, but Laurie wouldn't risk him [if he was unfit], he's been doing all our opposed [work] and all the training.''
Daley said he wouldn't sit down for a heart-to-heart with Ferguson this week and was confident his football would do the talking.