Reformed NRL exile Blake Ferguson is beginning to repay the faith the Sydney Roosters have shown him and is poised to be rewarded with a new contract.
For the second week in a row, Ferguson propelled the Roosters to victory as he starred in their 24-0 win over the Warriors at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Ferguson crossed for a try, made three link breaks, ran for 199 metres and broke six tackles as he terrorised down the Roosters’ right-hand side.
He is poised to re-sign with the club in the coming days having all but agreed to a two-year contract extension.
After spending more than a year in rugby league purgatory after being sacked by Canberra for repeated off-field indiscretions, he was slow out of the blocks in his return earlier in the year.
He was dealt another setback in March when he suffered a major ankle injury but has been explosive in his past two outings.
His return to form just seven weeks out from the finals is not only timely for the Roosters, it is rich reward for the club and coach Trent Robinson after they showed faith in him and offered to help in his rehabilitation.
“I’m really particular in my preparation, I’m really selfish in that regard,” he said.
“My missus cops the full brunt of that.
“I just prepare the same every week and go out to battle and I play like I have a chip on my shoulder every week … Not a point to prove, I just satisfy myself.
“I stick to what our team culture is and buy into that.”
Roosters co-captain Jake Friend said while it took a while for the playing group to warm to Ferguson, they had grown to love him.
Robinson said Ferguson was proof of the redemptive powers of rugby league.
“I’ve learnt some lessons about what a human being can do and take some hard lessons in their life and transform it,” Robinson said.
“And what a club can do to a player as well. I was thinking about that this week, it’s really pleasing when that happens.”