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Fergo's road to rep redemption doesn't have to end with Blues

Why stop at a NSW Origin jersey? Blake Ferguson can continue his return to rep football by being picked in the Australian team for the World Cup 9s in Sydney in October.

The Ferguson speed and anticipation, plus the fact he's a 102 kilogram winger in a back rower's body, makes him an ideal candidate for the higher octane tempo of a Nines game.

The 29-year-old is enjoying a rejuvenated representative career. He was last in an Australian and NSW jersey in 2017.

The two-year hiatus was punctuated with a premiership last year with the Roosters.

Now at the Parramatta Eels, he's already scored seven tries in 14 games – one of the reasons NSW coach Brad Fittler turned to him to replace the injured Nick Cotric for games two and three.

His form earned him the recall to the Blues and there's no reason to believe it won't help him get his Australian jersey back.

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"We'll see what happens. Obviously my main focus is the job we have to do on Wednesday," Ferguson told ahead of Wednesday's Origin decider at ANZ Stadium.

"I'm really excited about what's ahead of us for NSW."

Another of Ferguson's abundant gifts is his laid back nature – even a decider and marking Queensland's Corey Oates isn't keeping him up at night.

"I don't really feel pressure," he said.

"For me it's like a normal game – a bigger game and a bigger crowd – but the stakes are the same.

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"You've got to go out there to prove a point to yourself and perform at your best for your state. We've got New South Wales behind us, but we still need to satisfy their expectation – they expect us to win it."

A good result for NSW could have a rewarding spin-off for Ferguson, with the World Cup 9s being played at his new home ground of Bankwest Stadium (October 18-19).

"That'd be nice but I can't think all those weeks ahead," he said.

"It's an Origin decider so I can't see past that."

Test coach Mal Meninga can. He is already working out possible combinations in his head before he names his 16-man Australian team.

"Fergo would be an option definitely, as he could play anywhere in the team because of his size and athleticism," Meninga told

Not even going from the top-of-the-ladder team in the Roosters to the cellar with the Eels has stopped Ferguson's progress. It proved he had his representative destiny in his own hands virtually.

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"Obviously we're doing okay at club land. I feel like we're still building at Parramatta and that was some of the attraction of going there – being part of creating something really good," Ferguson said.

"We haven't got the end product of where we want to be yet. I believe we're just over 50 per cent in our path to improving.

"We've put a few good performances in but we're still searching for that 100 per cent performance."

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