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Barba will stick with Bulldogs

Ben Barba

Canterbury fullback Ben Barba has no intention of walking out on the struggling NRL club, and admits he has let his teammates down this season.
Barba will stick with Bulldogs
by AAP

SYDNEY, April 18 AAP - Canterbury fullback Ben Barba has no intention of walking out on the struggling NRL club, and admits he has let his teammates down this season.

Barba, who missed the opening three rounds after being stood down to deal with off-field problems, also said he wasn't rushed back by the Bulldogs but concedes he has a long way to go in his recovery.

Barba spent time in a northern beaches health clinic before being ushered back into the Bulldogs side for their round-four clash with South Sydney.

Since Barba's return, the Bulldogs have lost three straight games - with last year's Dally M medal winner lacking the dynamism which shot him to fame in 2012.

Talk of disharmony in the Bulldogs camp has lingered all season, but their dismal 1-5 start has only heightened suggestions of a rift in the team.

And while Barba says he felt he let his side down by missing the opening matches of the year, he says suggestions he has fallen out with anyone is wide of the mark.

"I felt every week that I'd missed (that) I was letting down my team," Barba told Fairfax Media.

"It was good to finally make a return and to get back into playing footy, to do what I do best. It's good to be back playing football again."

Barba had been linked to Brisbane, who last month abruptly ended negotiations with former Canberra fullback Josh Dugan.

But the 23-year-old, under contract for a further three years, said he had no intention of leaving Canterbury.

"I've got a long-term deal here at the club. I don't think I'm going anywhere anytime soon," he said.

"It's not true. I'm not too sure where all that's coming from."


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