Australia's Blake Ferguson is caught by New Zealand's Jason Taumalolo (left) and Adam Blair.
Australia's Blake Ferguson is caught by New Zealand's Jason Taumalolo (left) and Adam Blair. Martin Rickett

Daley impressed with Ferguson's form

RUGBY LEAGUE: Blake Ferguson has redeemed himself after an error-riddled State of Origin series, impressing Blues coach Laurie Daley with his form on the Four Nations tour.

Ferguson was awarded the Harry Sunderland Medal as Australia's best player in the Four Nations series, scoring four tries along the way.

For Daley, it was the perfect response after a sub-par Origin series in 2016.

"The thing with Fergo, on that big stage, unfortunately he'd made one error a game and all those errors in games one, two and three led to tries,” Daley said.

"In that arena where tries are hard to come by, every mistake is scrutinised. Other than that, his overall game in Origin was very good. Unfortunately mistakes did lead to tries.”

Daley noticed a lift in form after the Origin series when his Roosters club coach Trent Robinson switched Ferguson from the wing to fullback.

"He got better as the season went on and took a lot of confidence. Going away with the Australian side, he got player of the tour, so that's a fantastic achievement,” Daley said.

"You'd think he'd come back a better player for that and again look to cement his position in the NSW team, but you can never take anything for granted in this team.

"We had some really good performers this year but there are some guys who missed out that are knocking on the door in terms of those outside backs.

"It gives us great depth and great comfort to know we've got plenty of people challenging for positions. The exciting thing for me is the guys will have to go out there and play well if they want to be in that first game.”



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