Canberra are on the brink of sacking yet another NRL star, with AWOL centre Blake Ferguson stood down after failing to turn up to training.
Seemingly following the same path out of the nation's capital taken by good friend Josh Dugan and Todd Carney before him, Ferguson left the Raiders with little choice yesterday - his departure from the club a matter of when and not if.
Ferguson's future was taken out of the Raiders' hands last week when the club sacked coach David Furner.
The move triggered an option in the NSW Origin representative's contract allowing him to walk away from the final two years of his deal.
Attempts by Raiders chief executive officer Don Furner to contact Ferguson in Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday were unsuccessful, after he failed to turn up to training.
"We have been left with little choice but to stand Blake down from all playing and training duties, until we find out both why he has missed scheduled training commitments and why he has been drinking whilst injured, which is a clear breach of the club's rules," Furner said in a statement put out by the club.
"Blake will be given the opportunity to explain his actions, and following that he may also be required to front the board to show cause."
A date for the proposed board meeting has not yet been determined.
It is believed Ferguson wants out of Canberra to be closer to family and friends in Sydney, and he has already been linked to both Cronulla and Canterbury.
Speculation he could join the Bulldogs will intensify following Canterbury's decision to release Ben Barba to join Brisbane in 2014. AAP