Ben Barba signs with the Super League team Saint Helens until the end 2019 on what is a 2 1/2 year contract. The former Dally M player and Premiership winner is leaving the French Rugby Union team Toulon to play the game where it all started for him.
Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook stated: “I’ve known Ben for some time and am confident that he will add a new dimension to the Saints and is a great capture for Super League. He is a multi-talented and world class Rugby League player.”
Justin Holbrook continued: “Everyone in the team will benefit from him joining us and are really looking forward to his arrival. The fans also have a lot to look forward to.”
“Given Ben’s abilities and reputation, his signing was extremely competitive and the Club have done exceptionally well to secure him.”
“It is not often that players of his calibre become available and the Club has pulled out all the stops to fight off competition from both rugby codes around the world.”
“I am also grateful for their support to me for my first signing as the new Head Coach.”
Ben Barba said: “I feel very privileged to be joining such a historic rugby league club as St.Helens. I was able to meet up with some of the players and key people from the Club at the Magic Weekend and know they are a great set of people. The fans also showed me just how passionate they are.”
“I wanted to make an early decision so that I can get my family settled in England and kids enrolled at school. I have certainly enjoyed my time in France at Toulon, but I am a rugby league player and St.Helens, especially with Justin Holbrook as head coach, have made me very comfortable with the decision.”
“I look forward to pulling the Saints’ jersey on and playing besides my new teammates as soon as possible.”
Ben Barba is currently the subject of a 12 match ban within the NRL and within the rule books this penalty also applies to the Super League. St. Helens will be seeking further information on this matter.
How do you feel about not seeing Ben Barba in the NRL until atleast 2020?