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Raiders to decide on Ferguson's NRL future

Suspended NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson's playing career at Canberra will be decided in the next 24 hours, after the troubled star meets with the NRL club's management and board.
Raiders to decide on Ferguson's NRL future
by AAP

By Roje Adaimy

SYDNEY, June 18 AAP - Suspended NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson's playing career at Canberra will be decided in the next 24 hours, after the troubled star meets with the NRL club's management and board.

The NRL suspended Ferguson's registration on Monday night, citing repeated behavioural issues involving the abuse of alcohol.

The move came after he was charged by police with indecent assault over an alleged incident on Sunday at a suburban bar in Sydney, where he was drinking with former Raiders teammate Josh Dugan.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Raiders said they supported the NRL's decision to suspend Ferguson and would meet with him in the coming 24 hours "to determine the club's outcome for his future".

Ferguson was reportedly on his final warning at the Raiders already after missing a recovery session in round one of the season to also go drinking with Dugan on the fullback's rooftop, the latest in a string of off-field indiscretions.

However, the club was expected to liaise with the NRL's integrity unit over what penalty to impose, weighing the options of sacking him or, more likely, suspending the 23-year-old and fining him heavily.

"We recognise this process is going to involve discussions with the NRL and also the need for the club to continue to send a strong message in this area," Raiders CEO Don Furner said.

"We have been in constant consultation with the NRL integrity unit and will continue to work with them to determine the best course of action for Blake, the Raiders and the NRL.

"There are steps which need to be taken before an outcome can be reached and we will aim to resolve the situation as soon as we can for our members, sponsors and supporters."

Furner said the club would continue to provide counselling for Ferguson.

Should he be shown the door, Ferguson would become the fourth high-profile Raider to be sacked after Dugan, Joel Monaghan and Todd Carney - all of whom have resumed their playing careers elsewhere.


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