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Ferguson to fullback for Raiders
Entertaining Raiders back Blake Ferguson will start at fullback this weekend, for the Raiders away trip against the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium.
Ferguson replaces the injured Josh Dugan who is set to miss two to three weeks with a calf injury, with Raiders Coach David Furner confirming today that Dugan's injury has been diagnosed as a nerve problem in his left calf.
The shift of Ferguson to fullback allows Reece Robinson the opportunity to come into the team on the wing.
Other changes for the Raiders include Dane Tilse missing a week with a hamstring strain, which sees Tom Learoyd-Lahrs return to the starting side and Danny Galea coming onto the bench.
The Raiders have also named David Milne and James Stuart on an extended bench, with Joel Thompson (nose) and Daniel Vidot (ankle) to undergo fitness tests later in the week.
Furner said it was positive to finally have a resolution on Dugan's injury and said it was now a matter of preparing for the game this weekend against Penrith.