The Sydney Roosters’ revolving door was in full swing on Monday on a frantic day of activity at the NRL premiers’ Moore Park headquarters.
After much speculation, young centre Tautau Moga finally completed his move to North Queensland while halfback Scott Dureau will join the club until the end of the season on loan from Super League club Catalans Dragons.
Outside back Nathan Stapleton also signed a six-month contract from Cronulla and hooker Jake Friend put pen to paper on an extended deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.
However, former NSW winger Blake Ferguson won’t be running out for the tri-colours this year after the NRL rejected an application from the club to register a playing contract for 2015.
Ferguson, who has been without a team since being sacked by Canberra at the end of last year, was added to the Roosters’ payroll last month in a community relations position.
NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said the decision was based on an assessment of Ferguson’s record of conduct over the last two years.
Doyle added that the 24-year-old had given an undertaking that he would undergo a program of clinical support and counselling before the NRL would consider registering him and this is not yet complete.
He also said any future application for Ferguson to return would be considered but warned a relevant factor in the decision would be whether he has engaged in and completed an appropriate clinical support and counselling program.
Last Thursday Ferguson was banned from pubs, clubs and bottleshops at his appeal hearing over an indecent assault charge in Sydney.
The judge upheld Ferguson’s guilt over a 2013 indecent assault charge but set aside his conviction on the provision that he stay away from alcohol outlets and seek counselling for alcohol abuse.
The former Canberra and Cronulla winger was convicted in December of groping a 24-year-old woman during a boozy night out at Cronulla’s 2230 nightclub.