Barba signs contract with Jets
UPDATE: MARMIN Barba has today signed his contract with the Ipswich Jets for the 2016 season.
Jets CEO Wayne Wendt was a happy man when he received Barba's signature on the dotted line.
"The Jets club is really excited about having Marmin signing his contract today," Wendt said.
"Marmin is also excited about playing with many of his friends from last season as well as a whole host of new players that have come on board.
"He finds the Jets a really good fit for him.
EARLIER: MARMIN Barba is back where he belongs.
In magnificent news for the Ipswich Jets, the try scoring maestro is set to re-sign with the Jets with his first game back in the green and white slated for February 20 against Manly in Sydney.
The 24-year-old had linked with the ARU to play Rugby Sevens and played in the Hottest 7s in the World competition in his birthplace of Darwin just last month.
But Barba, who has been training at North Ipswich Reserve, has a burning desire to play NRL and has missed the environment at the Jets where he has always felt most comfortable.
It is Barba's love for the Jets, which is reciprocated in kind, that has seen him return to the club.
"I know he feels comfortable here," Jets co-coach Ben Walker said. "It is a great environment for him.
"Marms can turn up on game day at our last training session of the week with no shirt and no shoes on and he feels relaxed.
"That is fine by us because he gets out there and scores tries and sets them up."
Walker said he was "so excited" to have Barba back on board.
"I have watched the Intrust Super Cup grand final a few times and he opened the game up between the 15 and 30 minute mark and enabled us to play the way we can," he said.
In a remarkable statistic, Walker revealed that Barba was not tackled throughout the duration of the grand final win over the Townsville Blackhawks.
His performance showcased his remarkable skill and poise and proved what a big game player he is.
Walker is in awe of what he did in that history making game.
"Marmin sets the first try up in around the 17th minute with an 80m run, before passing back inside to Dane Phillips," he said. "The next set of six he scores a try.
"Minutes later a ball goes up on the fifth and last, Marmin catches it, holds one off and offloads to Carlin Anderson and we get a penalty.
"Later on in the game he catches a high ball under pressure, makes a 60m run and we end up getting two points out of it.
"It is hard to imagine a player having that big an influence on the game and not playing the ball. He never got tackled once.
"He just epitomises precisely what we are after…and that is blokes not playing the ball.
"I just love the way he plays and what he brings to the team. He has that real X factor."
It is not as a player that Walker admires Barba. It is his qualities as a man which also endear him to his teammates.
"Marmin is such a good guy to have around the club," Walker said. "He is always having fun. He is just a cheeky little fella to have around."
Barba's 52 tries in two seasons have been a joy to behold.
The Jets and the game of rugby league are much the richer for his return.