Blake Ferguson
Happy in Canberra

Ferguson, Croker: we’re staying

Blake Ferguson has labelled suggestions linking him with a return to Cronulla as ”rubbish” while fellow Raiders outside back Jarrod Croker isn’t interested in a Sydney move.

The pair yesterday laughed off recent media speculation suggesting they planned to leave Canberra at the expiration of their current contracts, both which finish at the end of next year.

A Sydney radio broadcast on Sunday reported Ferguson wanted out of the Raiders, who have spent the season at the foot of the NRL table and managed just three wins to date.

But the 21-year-old said he was loving life in Canberra and was keen to extend his stay at the club beyond 2012.

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”I’m happy where I am at the moment and I’m looking to stay here for awhile, that’s all rubbish talk by the media, not by me,” Ferguson said.

Croker is also keen to extend his stay at the Green Machine, despite reportedly attracting the interest of Cronulla and the Sydney Roosters.

Rival NRL clubs aren’t allowed to start circling until a player is in the final year of his contract, but even if he was courted next season, the 20-year-old couldn’t imagine leaving Canberra’s talented young group.

”As far as I’m concerned all the boys are happy together and we know what we can do as a group,” Croker said.

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”We’ve just got to stick together and get that done.

”I’m here until 2012 and that’s what I’m going to be doing. I haven’t really looked into it [external interest] too much to tell you the truth, I don’t read much papers or watch much of the news.”

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