Ferguson focused on footy
Tuesday 26 March 2013 9:45 AM
Blake Ferguson believes that his actions need to do the talking and as Sunday evening’s efforts showed; the star Canberra Raiders centre is talking loud and clearly about his passion for the Green Machine.
After being stood down last week for off-field misdemeanours, Ferguson returned to the starting line-up for the Raiders on Sunday and was one of their best players in the 30-17 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Ferguson ran for 81 metres and was a constant threat out wide both in the air and with the ball in hand. His grubber through for Reece Robinson to score also portrayed that his mind was set on putting in a quality performance after his teammates agreed that he should be reinstated in the side.
“It was good to be back playing for the Raiders,” enthused Ferguson.
“I went and had a meeting with the senior leadership group and told them my plans. I really just told them that I wanted to earn the trust back within the group.
"It’s time now to stand up and put everything into action and really rip in. I feel very privileged that they showed faith in me and put me back in the team this week.
“It shows that they have a high opinion of me but actions are going to speak louder than words so now I’m really focused on putting in a big effort for the rest of the year and really rip in. I need to do it for the club and my teammates who stand side by side with me each week.”
As his efforts on Sunday conveyed, Ferguson wholeheartedly ripped in and was instrumental in guiding the Raiders to their first win of the year.
Ferguson believes that the great effort by the entire team will put Canberra in good stead for this Sunday’s match against the high-flying Newcastle Knights.
“It was good to get a win in our first home game, not to mention our first win of the year,” said Ferguson.
“I think all of the boys put in a very good effort and we can take a lot out of that game. The Knights will be tough to beat this week but I’m confident we can get the job done if we stick to our structures and put in the same kind of effort.”
Ferguson has also rubbished the recent reports that he wants out of the club after he was awarded the joint 2012 Fans’ Choice Player of the Year Award at the Members Day on Saturday, where he was presented the award by Raiders Member Lauren Clayton.
“As I said on Twitter, I’m very happy at the Raiders. There’s nothing more that I want to do than stay here and play for the Raiders. I think we’ve got a really good chance this year and I want to give it my all.”