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