Barba won the award fending off Matthew Bowen and Cooper Cronk in the final count. His win comes as no surprise, as Barba was widely tipped to win the medal after a season of inspirational performances which helped the Bulldogs win the Minor Premiership.
Barba also won the Provan Summons Medal, an award voted for by fans of the NRL, and won Fullback of the Year alongside the Peter Frilingo Award.
Full list of Dally M award winners
Fullback of the Year: Ben Barba
Winger of the Year: Akuila Uate
Center of the Year: Josh Morris
Five-Eighth of the Year: Jonathan Thurston
Halfback of the Year: Cooper Cronk
Prop of the Year: Sam Kasiano
Hooker of the Year: Cameron Smith
Second Rower of the Year: Nate Myles
Lock of the Year: Paul Gallen