Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Before the commencement of the 2021 National Rugby League season, the Parramatta Eels informed former Australian International Blake Ferguson that they would not be renewing his contract as they look to go with Makia Sivo and Haze Dunster beyond this season.
However, since then there has been plenty of speculation as to where Ferguson may land in 2022, but no real links to any organisation, except for one.
In June, Rugby Union side the Western Force confirmed that they were interested in securing Ferguson’s services for the 2022 Super Rugby season and beyond, with club Chief Executive Officer Tony Lewis even going as far as to say he believes that Ferguson is good enough to play for the Wallabies in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We are very serious on the approach,” said Lewis.
“We believe Blake would be an exceptional rugby player. We think he is good enough to play international rugby.”
A bold and confident claim made by Lewis, and it looks as though he will get his wish to bring Ferguson to the force, as there seem to be no other suitors for him this far.
The 31-year-old recently spoke to Fox Sports about his future, with Ferguson more focussed on the rest of the season with Parramatta.
“I’ve been around long enough where I don’t have to worry about stuff that’s outside the playing group, especially this time of the year,” Ferguson said.
“You’re one loss away from getting pushed out of the game and we don’t want that to happen and I don’t want a distraction on the playing group.
“I’m just cruising, enjoying it. I’m leaving it in the hands of my manager.
“At the end of the day I’m enjoying playing football and whatever’s left of it I’m going to rinse it all out of me.”
This season Ferguson has scored eight tries, assisted three, made 11 line breaks, 49 tackle breaks, averaged 154 running metres per game and made 80 tackles for an efficiency rate of 82.5%.
Stats like these show that the former New South Wales State of Origin representative still has plenty left to give.