Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
It has recently been confirmed by the Parramatta Eels that Blake Ferguson will not be at the club in 2022 following his third season in blue and yellow.
Reports have emerged over the past couple of months linking Ferguson with a move to Rugby Union, with the Western Force confirming interest earlier this year, and Japanese Rugby club NEC Green Rockets, who boast former Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika as their Director of Rugby.
Ferguson has revealed that he would like to represent Australia’s national Rugby team at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, all but confirming he will leave the NRL.
“One of my goals is to play for the Wallabies,” Ferguson said to News Corps Phil Rothfield.
“You’ve got to aim high. It would be a fantastic achievement to be a dual international.”
🚨 SAINT, SINNER, SHOOSH 🚨
Blake Ferguson has opened up on a potential switch to rugby union.
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) September 25, 2021
The 31-year-old has had a rollercoaster of a career in the NRL to say the very least, debuting for the Cronulla Sharks in 2009, before making the move to the Canberra Raiders in 2011 where he started to make a name for himself and earn himself a New South Wales State of Origin jersey in 2013.
Unfortunately, the Raiders would part ways with Ferguson during the 2013 NRL season as a result of an off-field incident.
In 2014, the Wellington native would put pen to paper with the Sydney Roosters on a deal commencing in 2015.
Ferguson’s time at the Roosters can be pointed to as the highlight of his career, as whilst he was at the club, Ferguson would make his way back into the New South Wales Origin side, make his debut for the Australian Kangaroos in 2016 and win his first and only premiership with the Tri Colours in 2018, with the Roosters defeating the Melbourne Storm 23-6.
The Parramatta Eels would then secure Ferguson’s services in 2019, with the winner an integral part of their meteoric rise from wooden spooners the season before to a top-eight side, with the Eels never missing a finals series with Ferguson at the club.
In what looks to be Ferguson’s last year in the NRL, he managed to score ten tries, assisting three, make 13 line breaks, 52 tackle breaks, average 146 running metres per game and make 97 tackles for an efficiency rate of 80.8%.