Barba is a man we have to mention as he has been a complete breath of fresh air in Super League so far this season. He came to Super League from French rugby union side Toulon, and before that, left the Cronulla Sutherland-Sharks on the worse possible note with a drugs ban hanging over him.
As soon as his ban was served, he hasn’t looked back and he has propelled the Saints to top of the table in the Super League table, winning 14 and losing just twice. In his St Helens career so far he has scored 17 tries, which is a very impressive record. T
he Saints number 23 is another player who has been a revelation for his club, lifting them from being a side finishing fourth or fifth to one on their way to clinching the League Leaders Shield and appearing at Old Trafford.
In an exclusive BBC interview with St Helens captain, Jon Wilkin, Wilkin said he is a brilliant professional on and off the field and a player who Saints are lucky to have. No team is made by one man, but he is just a player who oozes quality and of course someone of Barba’s ability is always going to boost a group of already good players.
It’s inevitable that Barba isn’t going to stay in Super League for too long; he’s just far too good. That makes it even more imperative that we appreciate his skill and relish what could be his last season gracing the English competition.