Former Mackay rugby league stars Ben Barba and Josh Hoffman will line up for the Broncos in the 2014 season.
Former Mackay rugby league stars Ben Barba and Josh Hoffman will line up for the Broncos in the 2014 season. AAP

Barba settles at Broncos

BEN Barba "can't wait" for the 2014 NRL season.

A refreshed Barba has pulled on a Broncos jersey for the first time since his relocation to Brisbane from the Bulldogs in Sydney, content with having sorted out his family life and keen to again prove himself as one of the star players of the premiership.

"I've been in and out of the club since moving up here," Barba told the Daily Mercury.

"A lot of the younger guys have started training but I won't be until I can start running again."

Barba's younger brother Marmin has also signed for the Broncos from the Titans and the two are looking forward to representing the club. Marmin is expected to play in the U20 competition.

"Marmin will be up here in a few days," Barba said.

Barba will also reunite with fellow Mackay product Josh Hoffman at the Broncos, the two likely to battle it out for the fullback spot.

Barba is looking to settle in Brisbane with his partner Ainslie and their daughters Bodhi, 4, and Bronte, 2, after receiving a compassionate release from his contract with the Bulldogs, where he won the Dally M Medal in 2012.

"It's good, the first thing is to get that right (family) and play football again," he said.

"We're looking for a house at the moment, we'll wait and see how that goes."

A leg injury soured the end of the 2013 season but Barba said it was responding well after treatment.

"Hopefully I will be back running sooner rather than later, so I'm hoping to be in training soon," he said.



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