CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Ben Barba scores the first try of last year's NRL grand final. After an unsuccessful stint in French rugby, Barba is likely to switch to the English Super League.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Ben Barba scores the first try of last year's NRL grand final. After an unsuccessful stint in French rugby, Barba is likely to switch to the English Super League. DAVID MOIR

Super League switch on cards for Barba

BEN Barba, dumped by his French rugby club, is about to switch back to rugby league in the English Super League.

Barba, who has a 12-match NRL ban hanging over him after testing positive to cocaine following the Sharks' Mad Monday grand final celebrations last October, failed to make an impression in rugby.

He is in Newcastle, England, for the Super League's Magic Weekend when all 12 teams play in six matches at the same venue.

Barba confirmed he was ready to make the switch to England and return to rugby league.

"My manager is over here to watch the Magic Weekend,” Barba told Sky Sports.

"I have a few decisions to make over my future, so why not catch up here in the UK at Magic Weekend?

"I can't give away too much at the moment. I'm still with Toulon. I'm here. It's no lie to say I'm here to see a few clubs.

"Maybe in the next few days we'll see where I'm at.”

If Barba joined a Super League club he would have to sit out his suspension until at least August.

Warrington and St Helens reportedly lead the race for his signature.

New St Helens coach Justin Holbrook, who was assistant coach at the Bulldogs when Barba played at Belmore, said he would be keen to sign the 27-year-old.

"For the Super League I think it would be great, he's such an excitable player,” Holbrook said.

"I've had a couple of chats to him. He's been frustrated with the rugby union experiment that hasn't gone as well as he would have liked. So it would be really awesome to have him come on board.

"I think for the game it would be nice to have him for a couple of years.

"He's obviously done a few things wrong in the past, but I think he's getting to the age now where he can be a leader and not just a player worrying about himself.”

Barba previously played with Canterbury, Brisbane and Cronulla, winning the Dally M Medal in 2012.


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