EXILED rugby league star Blake Ferguson is back on the grog again, spending Sunday afternoon knocking over schooners instead of opponents.
Just four months after converting to Islam and vowing to give up alcohol, the former Canberra Raiders star is now drinking regularly.
This is the same man who also recently told a magistrate in Sutherland court, when found guilty of indecent assault, that he was no longer drinking.
Ferguson is appealing the verdict in a higher court.
From midday on Sunday afternoon, the State of Origin star was spotted drinking in the beer garden at the Caringbah hotel.
Our photo shows him with an unidentified male friend. Witnesses said he was there for several hours.
Only two weeks ago he was also spotted having a late session at a King Cross nightclub.
In fairness Ferguson is not misbehaving and just minding his own business.
He originally converted to Islam because his life was spiralling out of control on alcohol-fuelled benders.
“Alcohol has been my problem for the last five years,” he said, “It’s brought me down to where I am now. I’ve had enough. From here on I’m not drinking.”
That was in November. He has since been spotted at the Clovelly Hotel, Kings Cross and now Caringbah.
His mate and mentor Anthony Mundine continues to stick by him, despite all the broken promises.
Mundine himself is too busy to keep a 24/7 watch on Ferguson while preparing for his next fight against former world champion Joshua Clottey in Newcastle on April 2.
He stands by the troubled footballer because “he’s family.”
“Blake’s just looking forward to changing his direction in life,“ Mundine said recently, “No drinking, no drugs, no parties.”
At this stage there is no indication if or when the 23-year-old centre will play football again.
Despite interest from a number of clubs, it’s highly unlikely the NRL will register a playing contract this year unless he wins an appeal against the indecent assault conviction.
His best hope would be a 2015 comeback.
Ferguson did not return phone calls or text messages on Monday.