Bulldog Wright backing Barba for Dally M
Canterbury winger Jonathan Wright has backed teammate Ben Barba to take out this year's Dally M Medal after inspiring the Bulldogs to a run of seven consecutive victories.
Barba added another stunning try to his impressive highlights reel in Friday's 32-12 win over Parramatta, racing the length of the field to score his 12th try of the season.
He also had an assist in three of his side's five tries, including one for Wright, as Des Hasler's men moved level on points with Melbourne at the top of the ladder.
Barba has been the NRL's standout player over the last month and Wright, who scored twice against the Eels, said his sparkling performances had lifted the side.
"There are no real words to describe Benny," Wright told AAP.
"He is a freak, It's just pure talent. He's had to work on his game under the high ball, but with his positioning and fitness, he's proving all the critics wrong."
"He lifts the team and whenever he gets the ball in his hands, you're expecting something to happen."
Former Eel Wright played alongside Jarryd Hayne when he won his Dally M Medal in 2009 and believes Barba can emulate the NSW star's achievement this year.
"I will be disappointed if he doesn't get it," he said.
"I was surprised he was overlooked for Origin, although in (Greg) Inglis and (Billy) Slater, there are two of the great fullbacks in that Queensland side.
"But I rate him in that category. He is a player people want to come and see.
"When I was younger I used to love Brett Mullins and Kenny Negas, now all the kids want to be Benny Barba."