Blake Ferguson working in a community based role for the Sydney Roosters. That’s not something I thought I’d ever hear.
I’m a big believer in second chances, however Ferguson has already had his second chance and blew that as well.
I understand Ferguson needs money to live and is entitled to work, but in the NRL?
How many workplaces would sack someone and then hire them in a different department? I highly doubt any reputable corporate workplace would do this.
I was very critical of the way Blake Ferguson and his lawyer, Adam Houda, handled the situation after Ferguson was found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman in 2013. I didn’t believe Ferguson took accountability of the situation. You can’t be too remorseful if you’re blaming others for the position you’re in.
Ferguson converted to Islam in late 2013 but has since been seen out drinking. That, to me, doesn’t seem like someone who should earn back NRL fans’ trust and respect.
I don’t think Ferguson deserves another chance in the NRL. We have players running around who have done worse in the past, but that was under a different administration. Those players should be considered lucky that their punishment was handed out under leaders who were afraid to make a stand.
I do have to give credit to the Roosters for making this very strategic move. With Anthony Minichiello close to retirement, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will be taking Mini’s spot at the back which leaves a spot open on the Wing.
I assume the Roosters’ plan to fill that spot with Ferguson, which is why they have hired him in a back office role. They don’t need him just yet – not that they can sign him until he’s finished his education and rehabilitation courses anyway – but they will need him in the future.
I’m sure that there was a hand-shake agreement between the Roosters and Ferguson that if they employ Ferguson now, he will sign with the Roosters when the NRL agrees to re-register his contract.
By employing Ferguson, the Roosters have effectively taken him off the market. A terrible PR move by the Roosters, but a smart move football-wise.
Surely this has to be Ferguson’s last chance. Time will tell whether he’ll make the most of it.
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