I can help you, Hill offers Ben

Mark Kolbegetty Images

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.

Topics:  ben barba canterbury bulldogs scott hill

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ban devices in the bedroom: the plea to keep kids safe

Primary school age children can be easily targeted by online predators.

Primary school aged girls and boys being asked to send naked pics

Man, child seriously injured in Warrego Hwy crash

A person was taken to hospital via helicopter after a head on crash on the Warrego Hwy.

Multiple patients are being treated for injuries.

What I wish parents knew about cyber safety

Principal of Suncoast Christian College Greg Mattiske talks about internet safety.

Too many parents are blissfully unaware of the threats

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!