Ben Barba admits his Dally M winning performance back in 2012 might be a once in a lifetime season, and he’s concentrating on being solid for new club Brisbane.
Brisbane fullback Ben Barba admits he may never replicate his form from the 2012 NRL season when he won the Dally M medal with Canterbury.
Barba says he’s been asked to play an entirely new style of rugby league at the Broncos, where he plays more as a ball player than damaging runner – due to the club’s lack of experience in the halves.
The 24-year-old came back to earth at Canterbury last year as he battled off-field issues, injury, and disappointing performances by the Bulldogs overall.
Barba feels he’s back on track but warned fans not to expect miracles.
“I’d be lying if I said I can get to that 2012 form because even I thought it was a bit of a blur,” Barba told Triple M.
“There’s no need for any flashy plays, just everyone working really hard for each other and doing their job.
“I’ve got a whole different role here at the Broncos. With not having two experienced halves, I’m allowed to get the ball a bit more than I should and it’s something I enjoy doing.
“But my strength is my running game so I need to find an even balance between the two and hopefully it works out for me.”
The Broncos have surprised many by registering two wins and a loss to open the season, and they were unlucky to go down to defending premiers the Sydney Roosters in arguably the game of the year on Friday night.
Brisbane are playing a tough brand of football and Barba says the team believe they can beat any team on their day.
“We’re capable of anything. We’ve just got to put it together on the day,” he said.
“It’s just about continuing to win.”
Barba also denied there was awkwardness between he and the man he bumped for the fullback job, Josh Hoffman.
The pair grew up together in Mackay and Barba said there’s no bad blood.