The pressure from Parramatta on the way to a finish in the top four can provide an extra bonus for Brad Takairangi if he sees a recall to the Kiwi Test team.
The 36-12 victory of the rebellious Eels over the Titans last Friday strengthened their place in the top eight. They collide with the Bulldogs level on Thursday with points with the fourth placed Sea Eagles.
Currently, Takairangi Blake is replacing Ferguson on the right, another week in the No. 5 jersey before Ferguson expects the return against the Broncos in round 24.
Five-eighth for the Cook Islands in their 66-6 defeat of South Africa in June, Takairangi hopes that Parramatta's further progress in the final of Telstra Premiership the greater are his chances of a recall in Michael Maguire & # 39; s New Zealand team to get to play Australia and Britain at the completion of the NRL season.
The Cook Islands play in the Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s and have a qualification match against the US in Florida in November, but Takairangi has expressed the desire to add to its four Kiwi performances.
"We have the Nines and then a World Cup qualifier against the US, but I would really like to return to the Kiwi & # 39; s," Takairangi said.
"Myself and Dylan [Brown] have a chat with Motu Tony, the powerful GM of the Rugby League in New Zealand.
"It is good to be recognized that we are playing well. Hopefully, if we go deep into the semi-finals and keep playing well, we will see what happens.
"Of course, if that doesn't work out, I'm happy to lead the young Kuki boys."
Trapped in the right middle of Parramatta this year until the mid-season arrival of the Waqa Blake of the Panthers, Takairangi & # 39; s use value has kept him in the Eels & # 39; 17.
He is on the wing for the fourth time in his career on Thursday, has experience of playing in the back row and filling in five-eighth against the Titans when fullback Clint Gutherson got an early score 10 minutes from time.
"100 percent right now," Takairangi said when asked if his versatility was an advantage.
"I played in the middle of most of the year and when & # 39; Fergo & # 39; was out, I could just have a big body on the grand piano.
"I'm just a footballer, so I can play anywhere. I also played the last 10 minutes six. Whatever Brad needs, I like to play there."
Now 30 years old and off-contract at the end of the season, Takairangi & # 39; s final experiences are not happy.
Like a number of the eel of 2019, the 2017 campaign remains where they came in fourth and then fell out of the final due to consecutive losses a painful point.
"It was very disappointing the way we went out in & # 39; 17, losing back-to-back," he said.
"We could really have won that match in Melbourne, but a call went against us, but we are a very different team than last year.
"Nothing went well for us last year, but our  preseason was huge. It was mainly about building relationships, getting to know each other better and I think you can see that when we play.
"Everyone had to present the three things that were most important to them and it became pretty emotional because you knew these were the things the boys had told no one else.
"Everyone plays more for each other. When you play for the man next to you, the results start moving in your direction. If we can continue to do so, I think it gives us a good chance to give the comp a shake.
"In the past four or five weeks, we show what type of team we can be."