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Big John eyes off a Queensland Jersey

 

John Barber, 25, at 102kg and 180cm, should make his presence felt for Redcliffe, perhaps Brisbane and perhaps Queensland this season.

 

The Sydney import makes no bones that he wants to make the State side which would mean he has represented both states.

 

He played at Lang Park with the 1972 New South Wales side.

 

Formerly a school teacher, he now is a loan officer with a finance company which made the transfer possible to Brisbane when they heard Barber was anxious to make the move north.

 

He moved to Redcliffe because of his mate Chris Mason and Barry Muir's reputation as a coach.

 

Originally from Newcastle where he played in a premiership side under the great Johnny Raper, he then went to Sydney at age 20.

 

He played four seasons and about 50 first and second grade games for the Sea Eagles.

 

A rugged prop, he says: "I feel the switch is really benefitting me.

 

"I'm getting into condition and reckon we will have the best team in the club competition, particularly under Muir who is shrewd and knows how to get a player to bring out the best."

 

In Newcastle and Sydney Barber was also a leading surf live saver. 

 

By Harry Jefferies - 1976

Article courtesy of the Brisbane Telegraph