Ben Barba’s move back to Queensland for family reasons is set to be a very lucrative one…
The Brisbane Sunday Mail is reporting that the Brisbane Broncos are ready to table a four year deal Ben Barba that will also see the club pay compensation to the Canterbury Bulldogs for the right have the 2012 Dally M Medal winning on their books.
Barba’s move back to Queensland has been more of a matter of when, not if. It has been clear for some time that he wanted to leave the Bulldogs despite all of the support the club has give him over the last 12 months.
The Bulldogs are expected to formally release Barba over the next few weeks to clear way for the move to happen.
The Bulldogs will now be on the lookout for a replacement for Barba. While most quality players are already under contract for the 2014 season, the way contracts are being broken this season means that the Bulldogs can almost have their pick of the league as far as up and coming fullbacks go.
Whether or not the Bulldogs can manage to lure Israel Folau to the club is anyone’s guess. While Folau has reportedly agreed to terms with the NSW Rugby Union team he has yet to sign off on his deal with the ARU itself.
I feel really sorry for the Bulldogs. They stood by Ben Barba earlier this year and took on all of the media pressure themselves. They protected Barba from media scrutiny and were happy to give him time away from the field to the detriment of the teams on field performance.
Now the Bulldogs have a big chunk of salary cap space that could be left doing nothing next season. To a top side like the Bulldogs that is like fighting with one hand tied behind their back.
As for Barba, it looks like things will work out pretty well for him. He will go from having a long term deal at a club that really looked after him, to moving up to Brisbane to be with his family and earning even more money on a long term deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
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Apr 22, 2021 0