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Ben Barber: From NRL Superstar to $20 p/hr Tradie

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Former NRL star and Dally M medal winner, Ben Barber, is now a blue-collar tradie earning $20 an hour. The following article published by Fox Sports Australia tells us about the dramatic career change Ben Barber has been forced to make as he settles into his new life.

Source: Fox Sports Australia

Ben Barba has begun life after footy. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Source: News Corp Australia

Ben Barba is now a metal worker.

The former Dally M Medallist and premiership-winner — who was on the verge of kickstarting his NRL career with the Cowboys after a stint in the UK’s Super League — has begun his new life as a tradie.

On a contract with North Queensland worth $300,000 for the year, Barba had his contract torn up by the club after he allegedly assaulted his partner and mother of his four kids Ainslie Currie at Townsville Casino on the Australia Day weekend.

The incident was caught on the venue’s CCTV, and after watching the footage the NRL’s Integrity Unit deemed it was serious enough to rub him out of the game for life.

Now, after the English RFL and Rugby Australia also ruled out throwing him a lifeline, Barba has finally found a new job.

The Daily Mail has reported exclusively that the 29-year-old is making ends meet working inside a metal workshop in his hometown of Mackay.

Pictures of Barba in a sweat-soaked workshirt, long cargo pants and steel cap boots were captured by the Mail.

Disgraced footy star Ben Barba begins job at Queensland metal workshop

Disgraced footy bad boy Ben Barba (pictured) has taken his first steps towards a life after sport, slugging it out inside a metal workshop just weeks after losing his lucrative NRL contract.

Amanda Doull, the manager of Statewide Sales and Service, told DM a family member had sorted Barba the job.

It’s understood a metal worker earns approximately $20 an hour, or an annual salary of close to $39,000.

Currie picked up Barba from work on Thursday, and the family has reportedly moved into the housing commission home of Barba’s parents, Ken and Kim.


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