Barba nowhere to be seen among all-time Sharks nominees

Cronulla grand final hero Ben Barba has been sensationally omitted from the list of nominees for the club's team of the half century.

While controversial teammate Andrew Fifita has been listed among the candidates for one of the two front-row spots, Barba's name is nowhere to be seen on the fullback options.

Instead voters are given the choice between David Peachey, Rick Bourke, Mick Mullane, Jonathan Docking, Preston Campbell and Michael Gordon.

Barba scored the Sharks' first try in their breakthrough grand final win last month, capping his best season in the NRL since winning the Dally M at the Bulldogs in 2012.

But a positive drugs test just four days after the win over Melbourne resulted in the troubled fullback asking the Sharks for a release and his career is now in limbo.

That he is not in contention for the club's best-ever team is a clear indication Cronulla are distancing themselves from the fallen No.1.

Barba would arguably challenge Peachey as the best fullback to pull on a Cronulla jersey .

He is certainly in the top six – and Sharkies fans agree.

One wrote: "Peachey all day but it is a shame that our premiership winning fullback doesn't get recognition, possibly when he needs it most."

Another added: "Ridiculous that you cannot vote for Ben Barba. When this disciplinary issue is forgotten he will be remembered as an electric player who scored a try in a Grand Final.