Ben Barba says he’s looking forward to getting away from the bubble that has surrounded him in Australia.

The 2016 NRL Grand Final star will take up a lucrative contract with rich French Rugby club Toulon in 2017 after being banned from the NRL for his post grand final positive drug test.

Players in French rugby don’t hold the same interest for the media as they do here in Australia says after what has been a rollercoaster career in rugby league, he’s looking forward to the relative anonymity that  he’ll enjoy in France.