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‘He’s still in his prime years’: Mundine backs veteran Ferguson for new deal

Anthony Mundine has hailed off-contract Parramatta flyer and his cousin Blake Ferguson “one of the top two wingers in rugby league” whose big-game experience would boost any NRL club.

Ferguson bagged two tries, set up another, ran for nearly 200 metres and did his best to survive an Adam Doueihi bombing raid on Easter Monday to continue the Eels’, and his own, impressive start to the season.

But the 31-year-old has already been told he is not wanted at the Eels beyond this season, and his management have not heard anything to suggest the club’s stance has changed.

Ferguson has lived with Mundine the past six months in a bid to overcome some personal issues. And the recently-retired boxing champion said Ferguson’s past month of football proved what a good head space he was in.

“Since Blake has been living with me the last five or six months, he’s really got his shit together and started playing the best footy he’s been played in some time – he’s playing some unbelievable footy,” Mundine told the Herald. “The way he’s performing, he’d be among the top two wingers in rugby league right now.

“I’ve noticed how committed and focused he is on his football right now. He’s got that belief in himself.

Blake Ferguson has been rated among “the top two wingers in the game”.

Blake Ferguson has been rated among “the top two wingers in the game”.Credit:Getty Images

“He’d be great asset to any club. He’s played at the highest level for a long time. He can play wing, centre, fullback, even in the back-row.

“I’m pretty sure Parramatta are looking elsewhere, but Blake is still in his prime years. We’ve spoken a bit [about his future]. He’s got so much ability and talent, he’d be useful to any team.”

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