SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Blake Ferguson of the Eels looks on from the side line during the round 21 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at Bankwest Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Eels winger Blake Ferguson is keen to have his future sorted within the the next month and sign a new contract, whether it be at Parramatta or a rival club.

The 31-year old comes off-contract with the Eels at the end of the season and faces a big month ahead, both on and off the field.

On the field he is hoping to prove himself worthy of a new deal, preferably with Parramatta, but ultimately wants to land somewhere he feels wanted.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: Blake Ferguson of the Eels looks on prior to the round 12 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Speaking to The Daily TelegraphFerguson said he hoped to put pen to paper in the next month.

Asked if his preference was to remain in Sydney, Ferguson responded: “I just want to be with a team that wants me.

“Obviously I’d love to stay with Parramatta but if they have other plans, I feel I’ll definitely add value wherever I go. So hopefully in the next four weeks that can be sorted

“If we were still talking about this in Round 20, I’d be in some Barney Rubble (trouble). But I don’t want to be talking about it after Round 10.”

Ferguson has no plans of slowing down anytime, keen to add to his tally of nine State of Origin games for New South Wales.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 10: Blake Ferguson of the Blues and Josh Addo-Carr of the Blues celebrate after winning game three of the 2019 State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a strong start to the year with Parramatta, who have previously suggested they will move on from Ferguson at the end of 2021, the veteran is eyeing double-digit Origin appearances.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said, when asked if he was aiming to return to Origin this year.

“But nothing is ever given on a silver platter. So I plan to earn it. Right now, I’m on nine Origin games — and I want to get to double digits.”

Meanwhile, he is preparing to move back in with partner Dominique Moraitis and their two-week old baby girl Luna.

It has been a tough period for Ferguson, having spent the last six months living with cousin Anthony Mundine as he deals with some personal issues.

It came after his split with Moraitis in late 2020, including the cancellation of their wedding. But the couple has now rekindled and gotten things back on track.

Ferguson credits Mundine for helping him get through a difficult chapter in his life.

“Living with Choc, we’re really close and, for me, he’s always been that ear there to listen,” he said.

“His mum, my Aunty Lyn, has also done heaps for me which I’m really grateful for.

“There were a few issues there I had to move on from and I feel like I’ve done that now. I’m moving forward, day by day.”

Ferguson has played 236 NRL games for the Sharks, Raiders, Roosters and Eels since making his first-grade debut in 2009.

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  1. Parra have a young wing Centre combo coming through in Haze Dunster and Will Penisini that are 20 and 18 and are expected to be full time first grade by next year, Fergo has done some good things for the club but they need to keep their juniors

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