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Timeline of Ben Barba's NRL ups and downs

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Scott Bailey

BEN BARBA'S ROLLERCOASTER OF AN NRL CAREER

July 2008 - Makes his NRL debut for Canterbury, in a 30-0 loss to St George Illawarra.

March 2009 - Gets into a drunken fight with Bulldogs teammates Jamal Idris and Lee Te Maari in a Wentworthville hotel. Is dropped to reserve grade for the majority of the season.

2011 - Becomes Canterbury's full-time fullback and signs a contract with the club which should keep him there until the end of 2015.

2012 - Scores 22 tries to claim the Dally M Medal and take the Bulldogs to the grand final. They lose to Melbourne but Barba becomes one of the most marketable players in the game.

February 2013 - Stood down by the Bulldogs, citing behavioural reasons. Enters rehabilitation for gambling and alcohol issues.

March 2013 - Returns to the field after missing just the opening three weeks of the season for personal reasons.

August 2013 - Released from the final two years of his contract with Canterbury to sign with Brisbane for the 2014 season on a two-year deal. The Broncos pay an undisclosed amount to the Bulldogs for the transfer.

September 2013 - News Corp Australia release images of Barba's ex-partner which they claim show injuries which were inflicted by the fullback. The woman denies the claims. The NRL also opens an investigation into the Bulldogs handling of the matter, where former chief executive and the NRL's then head of football, Todd Greenberg, is cleared of any wrongdoing. Barba is never charged over the matter.

2014 - Debuts for the Broncos, but takes seven matches to score a try and is eventually shifted to five-eighth in an underwhelming season where he scores just eight tries in 25 games.

November 2014 - Is told to look elsewhere by incoming Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett. Signs with Cronulla on a three-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

2015 - Struggles to find his place in the Cronulla team. Comes off the bench in 13 of his 19 games, scoring just three tries.

March 2016 - Wins a battle to claim the Sharks No.1 jersey ahead of Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes.

October 2016 - Claims his first premiership with Cronulla after returning to near career-best form. Scores 16 tries in 27 games for the Sharks, including the opening four-pointer in their grand final win over Melbourne.

November 2016 - Released by Cronulla after reports emerge he has tested positive to cocaine four days after the grand final, and faces a 12-match ban. Heads to Thailand for rehabilitation.

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