Don’t write off Ben Barba becoming a Super League player in 2017.
Barba, otherwise known as ‘X-Factor’ due to his eye-catching brand of rugby, is currently a free agent after Cronulla released him in order for the 27-year-old to seek rehabilitation after his cocaine charge.
The Dally M Medal winner is expected to be offered a new deal by the Sharks after recovery, albeit on a much lower salary. However, it’s understood that a number of Super League clubs would love to land the former Canterbury man if the opportunity becomes available.
Warrington are among the clubs being linked with the fullback after the departure of Chris Sandow.
Barba’s manager, Chris Orr, was asked about a potential move to Super League by League Express, and he refused to rule it out.
“It’s certainly something we will look at when he is out of recovery,” said Orr.
“We’ll play it by ear and see the cards that are dealt at the end of this. We’ll reassess him when he comes back.
“He had a fantastic Rugby League season this year and made a poor choice at the end of it.
“But players love playing with him and coaches love him.
“We’re just letting him do his business, come back and we’ll have a sit-down and have an assessment of where he is at and then do some planning of where his next step will be.”
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