Ferguson only going to get better: SKD

Veteran Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall had a message for the rest of the NRL following the Tricolours' 24-4 victory over the Panthers: centre Blake Ferguson and the pair's lethal right-side combination are only going to get better.

Five weeks after returning from a serious foot injury five weeks ago, the Ferguson played arguably his best game for the Roosters on Saturday – producing 230 metres and four tackle breaks.

 

Kenny-Dowall scored twice against Penrith off the back of strong work from Ferguson and back-rower Mitchell Aubusson, and was more than complimentary towards his inside man.

"He was awesome, man," Kenny-Dowall said of Ferguson. "We know that's what he's capable of and he's coming back from a big injury but out there he really showed what he can do. I was so happy for him to put a performance like that in.

"He was really applying the pressure in defence and we really got a look at what he can do in attack so he's doing great for the team and I'm really enjoying playing outside of him at the moment.

"We totally still have room for improvement, we have to keep building and working on what we're capable of and who knows where we can go with it.

"It's unreal our edge at the moment though. Something we're really concentrating on is just playing a bit of footy, our attacking flair, and that's what we're capable of when we do take our opportunities."

While Kenny-Dowall could have had mixed feelings over Ferguson's arrival at the club, with the former Raider and Shark taking his centre spot this season, the Kiwis international said the two were able to click straight away.

"[Our current form is] something we have definitely been working towards. We're [away game] roomies and we always talk about how we play before games and stuff like that," Kenny-Dowall said. 

"We're always discussing our combo and we're always willing to get better. He's the best mate, we stay up to all hours of the morning talking crap and he's good value. It's great to have him around."

With rumour rife that Ferguson will this week re-sign with the Roosters, Kenny-Dowall was excited by the prospect of his newfound partner in crime sticking around.

"It's huge for us. Obviously with Roger [Warriors-bound Roger Tuivasa-Sheck] departing next year, it leaves us an outside back short," Kenny-Dowall said. 

"But if we can keep really working on Ferguson who knows what's in store for him. It's pretty exciting he can play like that in the centres and who knows, he could be our fullback next year."