Former Sydney Roosters premiership player Blake Ferguson has slammed the NRL for failing to support recently retired players with medical assistance.

Ferguson took to social media to vent his frustration as he awaits medical procedures on his nose, which has been broken eight times during his rugby league career.

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The former Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, Roosters and Parramatta Eels star last played in the NRL in 2021 before moving to England where he joined Leigh Centurions in the Championship.

The 32-year-old posted on his Instagram story, saying that he has “dedicated my life and body to the game” and “struggles to sleep at night”.

Blake Ferguson has slammed the NRL for failing to help recently retired players with medical assistance. Credit: Getty Images

“After 15 years in the @nrl system playing 249 games for 4 NRL teams winning a grand final, 7 games for @arlkangaroos, 9 games for @nswblues, winning the Harry Sunderland medal (players player for Kangaroos) and breaking my nose over 8 times you’d think they would fix it as I dedicated my life and body to the game,” Ferguson wrote on Instagram on Wednesday night.

“But no I have been told because I went to japan and England and it has been over 12 months (since his last NRL game) that I’m not eligible for the medical treatment to fix it. @rlplayers

“What’s the go, deadset. Person struggles to sleep at night and puts bums on seats for yas and you wanna just throw a person to the kirb once they are retired. Absolute joke.” @theboomerangbarber

Ferguson continued his rant as he posted another comment on his Instagram story, saying he has “ruined’ his face and called for compensation.

“Surely I can be compensated for ruining my face @andrewfifita,” Ferguson wrote.

“This wouldn’t have happened if I just played for ya local footy team. You think this came from walking in the park on an afternoon @rlplayers @arlkangaroos @nrl @nswblues.”

The Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) explained in January that under the current Collective bargaining Agreement (CBA), players only have 12 months to have “any surgeries and rehabilitation paid for that will help fix the injuries they suffered during their careers”.

Blake Ferguson goes down with injury against the Melbourne Storm in 2020. Credit: Getty Images
Blake Ferguson’s Instagram story. Credit: Instagram – blakeferguson23

Ferguson received plenty of support after sharing his experience, with past and current NRL players including Josh Addo-Carr, Sandor Earl, Latrell Mitchell and Andrew Fifita all sharing his post on social media.

“Regardless off how long you’re out of the game you should be compensated for your dedication @blakeferguson23,” South Sydney Rabbitohs star fullback Mitchell wrote on Instagram as he re-posted Ferguson’s story.

“What I’ve witness as a young fulla coming in to a system with you bred showed a lot of professionalism!

“Love ya bra. Bums in seats for a game that forgets their biggest assets.”

Ferguson’s controversial post continues the pressure on the NRL as the players ask for a longer time period after retirement for medical assistance as the war continues between the NRL and RLPA over a new CBA.

Blake Ferguson’s Instagram story continued. Credit: Instagram – blakeferguson23

Speaking to AAP in January, recently retired Sharks great Andrew Fifita said he had already undergone knee surgery and had his nose reconstructed, however he has been told he requires four more operations on his battered body.

“I’ve got 12 months to get it (the surgeries) done, and I feel like I’m rushing to get it all sorted,” Fifita said.

“I find having 12 months is a bit of a s— go, but I feel like that’s why it’s important what the RLPA is doing.

“I’ve always heard from past players who said how important it was to get your body checked (before retirement) so you can get all the stuff you need.”

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