St Helens full-back Ben Barba has confirmed he will leave the club and head back to Australia at the end of the season. The 29-year-old made the announcement at St Helens’ end-of-season awards dinner and will depart for North Queensland Cowboys, who have had an offer accepted by the club.
Barba is hoping to head out with a Grand Final ring as St Helens are just two games away from winning the showpiece at Old Trafford.
He said: “Playing in England and St Helens in particular has been a wonderful experience for myself and my family. I cannot thank the club, fans and most importantly chairman Eamonn McManus, CEO Mike Rush, coach Justin Holbrook, my team-mates and their families on how they welcomed me and my family into the club.
“They supported me when I needed it most and I am appreciative of the understanding and compassion in allowing me to return home.
“I want to finish the season off playing my best football for the club and fans and hopefully capping off a successful season.”