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Saturday 30 August 2014

Stephen Ferris has left two questions hanging in the air

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Ulster's Stephen Ferris goes off injuried 
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Ulster's Stephen Ferris
Ulster and Ireland star Stephen Ferris is determined to return from his latest injury setback as a better, fitter player
Ulster's Stephen Ferris

Stephen Ferris has left two questions hanging in the air and only he can come up with the answers that will put us all out of our misery.

The first question is: will he be at Ulster next season?

Head coach Mark Anscombe said in April that he was resigned to losing the big flanker – possibly to a club in Japan.

But Ferris has chosen to stay tight-lipped on the matter despite telling this newspaper: "I love Ulster. I love Ulster Rugby. Ulster is my home. It's the place I love."

That brings us to the second question: why has Ferris not informed us whether he is staying or going?

The speculation rages, the media keep probing and yet the Ulster, Ireland and Lions ace just smiles and gives nothing away.

We are left to assume that talks with the Irish Rugby Football Union are ongoing.

Only the hero of Ireland's 2009 Grand Slam success can clarify the matter.

The 27-year-old hasn't been out of the spotlight in recent weeks.

Yesterday, he even beat the traffic and made it to the Balmoral Show.

Anscombe has hailed Ferris as a "world-class player" and there's no question he's an Ulster talisman – so why would he want to continue to keep supporters in the dark?

His heart may belong to his native province, but now it's time for actions to speak louder than words.

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