His wait to return to the field is over, but wayward centre Blake Ferguson's long journey of personal change has just begun, warns Canberra coach David Furner.

The NRL reinstated Ferguson's registration on Tuesday, setting up a likely match-up against former drinking buddy Josh Dugan and St George Illawarra on Saturday.

Ferguson had been serving an NRL-imposed suspension for repeated behavioural breaches involving alcohol. He hasn't played since he was charged with indecent assault after a night out with Dugan in Cronulla on June 16. The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges in Sydney last week.

The NRL gave him the green light to return after it was satisfied he had successfully completed a month-long rehabilitation program, including alcohol counselling and positive pathways away from football.

Ferguson has been working with NRL education and welfare officer Dean Widders, himself a former indigenous NRL star.

In a press release, NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said an ongoing support plan for Ferguson had been agreed to with the Raiders, which he must comply with to maintain his registration.

He also said ''issues like these are not solved overnight'' and Furner wants Ferguson to continue the indigenous community work he has done during his sabbatical.

''The indigenous side of it, he needs to embrace that,'' Furner said. ''I haven't had a chance to speak with him about his actual program, but he needs to stay involved with it. I've said from day one there's a long way to go, it hasn't changed in four weeks. It has to be an ongoing process if he is to change as a person.''

Furner is waiting to hear from Widders on his recommendations, so they can be implemented in Canberra. ''I've got some people here who will keep him working on that, because he needs to,'' he said. ''They need to inform us what they've been doing up there, so we can implement it here. [Fellow indigenous Raiders player] Joel Thompson does a really good job with his indigenous work. Blake can use that as a very good example of a person who's worked really hard, and is passionate about that side of him.''

Furner has dismissed suggestions Ferguson's looming court case will distract him from rediscovering his dynamic best. He is adamant a return to football will improve Ferguson's mental state and help him beat his alcohol issues.

''I've said all along that his best head space is training with the boys, and playing with the boys,'' he said. ''[In terms of] playing football there won't be any problems with him not being all right, it's something he does quite well. I am confident it won't be a distraction.''

Ferguson has been staying with high-profile cousin Anthony Mundine for four days a week.

The professional boxer and former NRL player, a teetotaller, has been mentoring Ferguson and urging him to give up alcohol.

As part of his rehabilitation program, Ferguson has been doing community service with Mundine with troubled indigenous youth.

Ferguson has assisted Mundine with the under-12 Alexandria Rovers team he coaches, and volunteer work at Redfern's National Indigenous Centre of Excellence.

Ferguson wasn't named in Canberra's team on Tuesday to play the Dragons on Saturday, but is almost certain to play after training strongly. ''If he's right to go and his head's right, he'll play,'' Furner said. ''If his focus is totally on football, he'll be right.''

Winger Sandor Earl (dislocated elbow) also ran with the side for the first time for weeks, and could be available in a fortnight.

Outside back Jack Wighton (groin) is a chance to return against Melbourne next week, while prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (foot) and Edrick Lee (broken arm) are at least a fortnight away.