The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have taken a major step forward with fullback Ben Barba becoming the first player at the club to sign through to the 2015 NRL season.
Currently the NRL’s leading try scorer with 14 tries so far in 2011, Barba has made a long term commitment to the Blue and White in signing an upgraded contract for 2012 and a new deal stretching over seasons 2013-15.
The re-signing was announced this afternoon at the Bulldogs second annual SMS Luncheon at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf.
“First things first, we are over the moon that Ben has committed to the Bulldogs long term,” Bulldogs Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg says.
“He’s simply an outstanding talent and every NRL fan would acknowledge what he has meant to our team both in terms of the 2011 season and in the years since his debut.
“In addition to his football and pure athletic ability, he’s an excitement machine. People want to watch him in full flight, which is great for our team and for us as a club.
“It’s also fitting that we were able to announce that Ben would be with us through to at least 2015 at our SMS Lunch as the event is all about recognising the good things that our players do for community causes.
“Ben is a real role model and for someone so young he has shown great maturity in recent times. He’s a father of two, is deeply committed to his family and also to his indigenous culture. We certainly look to him as a leader both on and off the field in the years to come.”