The career of controversial former NRL star Blake Ferguson is in serious trouble after he was convicted of indecent assault on Wednesday.
Ferguson, currently without a club after being fired by the Canberra Raiders, was found to have assaulted a 24-year-old woman in a Cronulla bar while out celebrating his selection in this year’s second State of Origin game.
And it now looks like he would struggle to get a contract registered with the league even if a club was to sign him.
“Whether someone is a rugby league player or not the actions are completely unacceptable and entirely contrary to the values of our fans and the game,” NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said.
“In considering any future application for registration, the NRL is required to form a view as to whether someone is a fit and proper person to be registered as a player.
“Today’s ruling would have to be strongly considered if any club at any level of the game was to apply for a registration on his behalf.”
Ferguson had a number of incidents this year including a drinking session with then team-mate Josh Dugan when they were on a club-imposed alcohol ban which they posted on social media.
After being stood down by the Raiders and suspended by the NRL, Ferguson made an unsuccessful boxing debut on the undercard to Anthony Mundine’s fight with Shane Mosley last month, losing to Luke Kelly.
The league did not want to comment on the indecent assault charges until after a final ruling, expected in February, was reached.