SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02: Ben Barba of the Sharks is tackled during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys have officially signed Dally M winning fullback Ben Barba on a one-year deal for 2019.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said the club was excited to welcome Barba for the 2019 season.

“Ben’s form this year for St Helens has been of the highest standard. He’s been the best fullback if not the best player in the English Super League,” Parr said on the club website.

“He is from Mackay and has always had a desire to play for the Cowboys, but for whatever reasons the stars never aligned until now.

“Ben has been looking to return to the NRL and with an opening at the fullback position at our club it presented the opportunity for him to do that.”

Barba joins the club on the back of a stellar season for St Helens in the UK Super League where he currently leads all players with 26 tries and ranks third with 24 try assists.

“Ben is an extremely gifted player and I believe he can be a huge asset for our side next season,” Head coach Paul Green said.

“He has been in fantastic form for St Helens and he still has a great deal to offer at NRL level.

“Ben hails from North Queensland and he is excited to be able to return home and represent the region.”


    • Plenty of dealers in the Ville. He’ll be loving it. And you can get loose as mother goose up there and no one cares one little bit. Little grub will be in heaven.

    • Only a 1 year contract so the door is open to do a player swap with Holmes. Pretty sure he did his ban in the super league

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