Off contract this year, Ferguson has scored 20 tries in 51 games since joining the Eels in 2019. But errors and defensive deficiencies became his downfall.
Ferguson’s axing came after back-to-back losses to Manly and Rabbitohs, where the Eels’ right edge defence was called into question.
Since Ferguson’s axing, the Eels have given up just 16 points in two matches, against the Knights and Wests Tigers. Rookie Haze Dunster was brought into his spot and has made the most of his time in the No.5 jersey.
“I just thought, to be really honest, that it hasn’t been working between Fergo and Waqa [Blake],” Eels coach Brad Arthur said after the Rabbitohs loss. “Sometimes some things just don’t work. We spent the whole back end of last season and it didn’t work so we just decided to make the change.”
Maika Sivo was given a one-week suspension this week for a high tackle on Wests Tigers centre Adam Doueihi, however Ferguson was still overlooked by Arthur.
Instead, Arthur chose to give local junior Sean Russell his NRL debut in a move which puts into perspective Ferguson’s chances of getting a contract extension with his current club.
Ferguson also had a season to forget in 2020 as he battled through a knee injury.
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