Barba becomes a Bronco
FANS can expect the best of Benny Barba playing in Brisbane Broncos colours.
That's the opinion of his Mackay father, Ken, after a tense two weeks of waiting ended yesterday with the news that the 2012 Dally M Medal winner will be a Bronco for the next three years.
Barba's mother Kim got the call she had been waiting for from her son yesterday morning.
"Ben called me this morning ... he has signed and it's official," she said.
Ken spent the afternoon watching television to stay updated on the news of his son's release on compassionate grounds from the Bulldogs, and his signing by the Broncos until 2015 with new terms to be agreed for 2016.
"I think you'll see a lot more relaxed Benny Barba," he said.
"I think you will see the best of Benny Barba playing in Brisbane colours."
Barba sought the release from his contract so he could move north to be close to his family, who are relocating from Sydney.
In a statement on the Bulldogs website Barba said he appreciated the support shown by the club.
"Today I agreed to terms with the Brisbane Broncos which will allow me to move to Queensland with my family," Barba said.
"I would like to thank the Bulldogs for their understanding of my personal circumstances and for their total support throughout my career.
"I would like to now focus on getting back on the field and finishing the year on a positive note in the blue and white."
Barba's contract with the Bulldogs has been transferred to the Broncos for the next two years, with a third season added to the deal.
The 24-year-old will join the Broncos when training for the 2014 NRL pre-season begins later this year.
Barba is battling a leg injury, but could return for the final round clash against the Broncos next weekend.
BEN Barba has signed with Brisbane Broncos for three years, his mother Kim said today.
"Ben rang me a few hours ago and said he's at the Broncos and they are announcing that this afternoon," she told the Daily Mercury.
"He has signed today and it's official, for three years.
"He's still in Sydney at the moment."
In a statement today the Bulldogs said they had agreed to Barba's request that he be released from the final two years of his contract on compassionate grounds.
The terms of the release will see Barba complete his duties with the Bulldogs for the remainder of the 2013 season and then the Broncos will transfer Ben's current contract for seasons 2014 and 2015, with new terms agreed for 2016
The Broncos will pay the Bulldogs a level of compensation that has been agreed as reasonable by both parties.
Read about Barba's move and what his family have said in the Daily Mercury on Thursday.