Talented players are common in the NRL, and the Titans have just signed one – with former Eels utility Marmin Barba signing a 2-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans.
Marmin, who is the younger brother of electric Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba, was a key player in the Eels Toyota Cup side several years back before playing for Wentworthville, but injury ruled him out for the majority of the 2012 season.
Titans CEO David May said that adding Barba to the squad for depth, is a good move for the club moving forward.
â€œMarmin is a real prospect, heâ€™s obviously got a great pedigree and by all accounts is one of the bright young future stars of the game so itâ€™s a really exciting thing for us and weâ€™re pleased to give him his chance with the first grade squad,” said May.
â€œItâ€™s probably a decision that is more about the future than necessarily today. Heâ€™ll train with us and hopefully prove what heâ€™s got. Itâ€™s an investment in the future so itâ€™s great to have someone as exciting as him around the club.
â€œWe wanted to give him a chance and two years really is probably a window that you want to give somebody of his age the opportunity to show what they can do.”
Barba, who hails from Mackay, took the opportunity available to him for family reasons and a new challenge to return home in Queensland.
â€œItâ€™s really exciting. I was at Parramatta last year and itâ€™s good to get an opportunity here at the Titans and be back up in Queensland,” said Barba.
â€œI donâ€™t really have high hopes of playing NRL just yet, Iâ€™ll just slowly try and work my way up there and take it step by step.”
With Barba's knee on the mend following a reconstruction, he knows that he has work to do to get himself back.
â€œItâ€™s slowly getting there now, Iâ€™ve just got to get it back to full-strength and hopefully it goes well from there.â€™â€™