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Brisbane Broncos to offer four-year deal for Canterbury Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba

Peter Badel  : The Daily  Telegraph

BRISBANE are prepared to pay compensation to the Bulldogs as part of a severance package that will deliver Ben Barba to the Broncos until the end of 2017.
The Sunday Mail can reveal the Broncos will table a four-year deal for Barba, who is awaiting a formal clearance from Canterbury hierarchy after his management requested a release a fortnight ago.
Des Hasler stands as the final impediment to Barba’s contract being rescinded, but it is understood the Bulldogs coach will not stop the Dally M Medallist joining the Broncos next season.

Ben Barba. Getty Images
While Hasler was hopeful of securing a Plan B signing such as Israel Folau, Bulldogs sources said the coach will put Barba’s family needs ahead of the club’s recruitment pursuits.
Broncos boss Paul White and Canterbury counterpart Raelene Castle have had informal discussions about Barba. The Bulldogs have yet to formally ask for a transfer fee, but the Broncos expect that to occur and will duly compensate Canterbury for Barba’s early release.

The fight for Barba’s services intensified Saturrday, with his manager Gavin Orr confirming Brisbane’s Queensland rivals - the Titans and Cowboys - had expressed interest in the 24-year-old.
But, privately, the Broncos are confident they will get their man.
Barba has officially ruled out a move to North Queensland. And while the Gold Coast is a consideration for Barba, whose ex-partner Ainslie Currie is moving to Brisbane with their two daughters, his signing with the Broncos appears a fait accomplice.

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