‘I back him to be a Blue again’: Tedesco gives Ferguson the Origin nod

But Ferguson wants to make himself available for representative duty again after skipping an extended squad camp in December.

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Asked about Ferguson’s willingness to be considered for Origin again, Tedesco said: «I 100 per cent agree.

«Last year he didn’t drink and he was probably our most consistent performer, the best winger all year. The way he finished tries, strong carries with quick play-the-balls … there was no winger who did that consistently throughout the year. I think it showed last week and he hasn’t missed a beat.  I back him 100 per cent to be back in the NSW side again.»

It would be some resurrection for Ferguson, who was busted, along with Josh Dugan, for heading to a Lennox Head pub for a drinking session five days before the Origin decider in 2017.

He accepted a bumper deal to join the Eels this season and has played a crucial role in last year’s wooden-spooners remaining unbeaten through the opening two weeks.

He got a great opportunity at Parra and you could tell it wasn’t his first option to leave, but he had a good [deal]

James Tedesco

But Ferguson and the Eels face their biggest test against the Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, with Trent Robinson’s side set to welcome back Jake Friend, although they will still be without Cooper Cronk (hamstring).

«Fergo loves the Roosters and all the boys here,» Tedesco said. «He got a great opportunity at Parra and you could tell it wasn’t his first option to leave, but he had a good [deal]. We’re all stoked for him.

«It will be pretty cool to play against him. He’s going to be taking those play ones and play twos and the boys are going to be trying to get into him. I’m sure that he’ll take that on board and go as hard as he can.»

Roosters chairman Nick Politis described Ferguson as having a «good heart with no malice in him», a sentiment echoed by Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner.

Grand final hero: Blake Ferguson celebrates after the 2018 decider.

Grand final hero: Blake Ferguson celebrates after the 2018 decider.

«If you get to know him, he’s got a heart of gold,» Cordner said. «He loves his mates and he loves his footy. It was hard for him to leave, but at the same time he’s done what’s best for him.

«You see him last year he took his game to another level and he was a massive part of why we won the comp. It’s sad to see him go, but over the time and what I’ve learned in my time at the Roosters and in the NRL is that it’s a business.»

Added Robinson: «Blake knows his value to us over the years and he knows what we think of him. That’s the most important [thing] and we know the contribution he has made to our club.»

Robinson declined to divulge the make-up of his spine without Cronk for a second week in a row after handing a debut to young half Lachlan Lam in the convincing win over Manly last week.

Asked whether Keary would be his long-term halfback after Cronk retires, Robinson said: «I’ve been asked this question, he’s our long-term half or five-eighth. That’s the beauty of Luke. I think Luke said he doesn’t mind which one he is and that’s allowed us patience and that’s allowed us time as well.»

Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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