The Brisbane Broncos have added another Barba to their books for 2014, signing Marmin Barba from the Gold Coast Titans.
Marmin will join his brother, and marquee Broncos signing, Ben at the club next season. A promising back, Marmin has had stints at Parramatta and the Gold Coast and, just three years ago, was fighting for his life when he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.
News Corp has reported this morning that the signing is partly designed to safeguard his older brother, who is looking to re-build his career after a nightmare 2013 at the Bulldogs.
Marmin was signed by the Titans last year but spent the season in the Queensland Cup as he fought his way back from a knee reconstruction.
Manager Chris Orr told News Corp he believed the 22-year-old could prove a bargain buy for the Broncos.
“It was about family every step of the way and it’s worked out well for both of them. It’s a brand new start for Ben but it’s also a great new chapter for Marmin,” Orr said.
“Marmin will get a lot out of watching how Ben trains. Ben was Marmin’s weight a few years ago and Ben is now 92kg, while Marmin is about 78kg, so he has a long way to go.”