I can help you, Hill offers Ben

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COAST-based former Australian international Scott Hill wants to mentor troubled star Ben Barba.

Hill, the operator of a self-named sports mentoring business, says he has the knowledge to help the prodigiously talented Canterbury fullback reclaim his life and career.

The Bulldogs shocked the sport this week when they revealed Barba had been suspended indefinitely, while he confronted serious personal issues that include alcohol and gambling problems.

"I'd love the opportunity to sit down with him and mentor him, that's for sure," Hill said.

"I know how the system works. It's not rocket science (but) it takes a bit of work, a bit of discipline and a bit of honesty for yourself."

Hill, who played for New South Wales during a lengthy career with the Melbourne Storm, said he understood the pressures Barba faced.

He said that as the try-scoring whiz's profile rose, he would have been confronted with people who wanted something from him.

"I guess he needs a good mentor," Hill said.

"I guess he needs someone to support him through these tough times."

Hill is confident Barba will rebound if he gets the right support.

He said the people caring for Barba had to be doing it for the right reasons.

Hill, who will soon launch a sports management company, is highly critical of the only-money-matters mentality that he believes many player agents possess.

He said not enough agents provided sufficient emotional support and guidance to clients.

"All they seem to be really worried about is when it comes to contract time and seeing how much money they can get," he said. "That's not the core focus of what a manager should be doing."

Hill will put on the boots again today when he plays for the Men of League All Stars against Caloundra at Stockland Sunshine Coast Stadium. The All Stars team includes Allan Langer, Mat Rogers and Kerrod Walters.

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