TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Billy Slater of the Storm looks on during the round 22 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 4, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

After witnessing his performance on Friday night it is almost unthinkable that Billy Slater will retire at the end of the year.

The superstar Storm fullback marked his return to the side after a one-week absence with three try assists in a near best on ground performance.

The 34-year-old has continued to get better with each and every game he has played this season so it is no surprise the coach is leading the chorus in imploring Slater to play on once his contract expires at the end of this season.

“I would love him to play on, I hope he does but at the end of the day he will make that decision for himself and for his family,” Bellamy said.

“You are a long time retired… I’d love to see him go on, I hope he does because I still think physically he’s got a whole heap in him.

“Having said that the mind has got to be right as well.

"The one thing about Billy is that he has always enjoyed his footy. That is the thing he will weigh up in his mind, is he going to enjoy another year? Hopefully, he will say ‘yes’ to that question when he asks himself that.”