Ferguson prepared to leave Newcastle United
The wide man has not played a minute of competitive football for the under-pressure Magpies this season but was recalled to the national side for Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands after an injury to Chris Brunt.
The 23-year-old had previously been forced to sit out the win in Hungary last month due to his lack of game time and, with Northern Ireland top of Euro 2016 Group F, he does not want to miss out any longer.
He accepts there is no immediate route back into Alan Pardew’s plans and is hoping to arrange a short-term move elsewhere.
Ferguson ended last season at Birmingham, but found himself edged out as they waged a relegation battle.
Now all the Eglinton man wants is a regular place on the pitch so that he can try to maintain his spot in Michael O’Neill’s starting line-up.
“It felt good to get 90 minutes under my belt for Northern Ireland and I just need to get playing now because I want to be playing every international game,” he said.
“The atmosphere around the place is great, the mood has been fantastic after the last couple of games and it makes you realise you don’t want to miss any of this.
“If I’m honest I’ll probably have to go somewhere else. Alan Pardew has said he’s been impressed with me in training but I’m still young so going out on loan could be a good thing for me.
“I don’t want to be sitting doing nothing, I’m not like that.
“I got the taste for it again on Saturday night and all I want to do now is be back playing.”
The majority of Ferguson’s Northern Ireland career has been spent on the left wing, but he dropped into the back four against the Faroes and is willing to make it a regular thing if it means a starting spot in Michael O’Neill’s side.
“I had no concerns about doing the job because I’ve worked very hard in training and I’ve been doing extra sessions to make sure I was ready for Northern Ireland if I got the chance,” he said.
“I don’t mind playing left-back, I’ve played there for Newcastle’s first team so it’s something I have in my game.
“I wouldn’t mind where I play, if it’s left-back I’d have no hesitation at all. The main thing is to keep my place in the team.”