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Greenberg welcomes Barba back after Toulon axing

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After being rubbed out of the game for using cocaine, Todd Greenberg would be happy to have Ben Barba back in the NRL if he looks at making a return home.

The former Cronulla star walked out on the game last year after receiving his second strike for cocaine use and was handed a 12-week suspension by the NRL.

This week Barba was reportedly told by French rugby club Toulon that his services were no longer required, despite agreeing to a $2.5 million, two and a half year deal in 2016.

Barba made four appearances during his time in France which combined for a total of just 94 minutes.

The Dally M Medallist is now weighing up the next step in his career and whether or not he should continue his stint in the 15-man game or make an NRL comeback.

The door is open if he returns to rugby league, but under a few conditions imposed by Todd Greenberg and the NRL.

‘’I said when he left he would always be welcomed back because I think rugby league is very good at giving people second opportunities,'' Greenberg told Triple M.

‘’But, he’s got to sit through a long opportunity sitting on the sidelines first before we even consider that.''

The NRL have valued Barba at $600,000 which could be a turn off for clubs who would only have him for half the season due to his lengthy suspension.

‘’There’s also a big risk for clubs picking him up because he’s not going to get another shot at this and his previous behaviour will be an indication of what his future behaviour will be like and a lot of clubs will be thinking carefully about that,'' Greenberg said.

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