Ben Barba undecided about future with St Helens

St Helens star Ben Barba says he has not yet decided if he will return to the NRL, as he prepares for his first Magic Weekend.

Barba has set the Super League alight this season and has been hugely influential as St Helens sit at the top of the table – if he is not scoring tries then he is creating them for the likes of Mark Percival and Regan Grace.

The 28-year old was released by the Cronulla Sharks after testing positive for cocaine in 2016 but his recent form will not have gone unnoticed by his former NRL employers. However, Barba says he his focused totally on Saints and will look at his options at the end of the season.

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“I have not made my decision as of yet,” Barba told Sky Sports News. “I still have to have a meeting with the people who look after me and then I will make my decision.

“At the moment I am just focused on playing good footy for Saints and I will worry about that kind of stuff come the end of the year.”

This weekend sees one of the highlights of the Super League calendar as all 12 teams descend on Newcastle’s St James’ Park for a festival of rugby league.

Ben Barba scores a fine breakaway try for St Helens in their resounding victory over Huddersfield Giants

After experiencing Magic Weekend as a fan last year, Barba is looking forward to taking part in the occasion as a player when Saints face Widnes.

“I am excited. I like the party atmosphere about it – it’s basically a celebration of rugby league in England and it’s a game I am really looking forward to this weekend.

“We don’t have anything really like it in Australia – maybe the NRL Nines is similar, but obviously the games during Magic Weekend are a lot longer!”

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