AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 22: Billy Slater of the Storm looks on during the round 19 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater is set to hang up the boots at the end of the season, with the 35-year-old planning to make the announcement very soon.

According to the Herald Sun, Slater could call time on his career as early as Wednesday, although it is believed he’s made up his mind regarding his playing future.

Slater will finish his career as one of the greatest ever fullbacks to play the game, after 313 appearances for the Storm, 31 for Queensland and 30 for Australia.

The explosive No. 1 has 187 NRL tries to his name, 74 more than the next highest tally for the Storm.

Slater has four grand finals wins, although he could certainly make it five this season, with the Storm currently sitting in second place on the NRL ladder.

His retirement would open up a spot at fullback, with young gun Jahrome Hughes or Maroons Origin star Cameron Munster likely to slot into that position.

Melbourne face the Sharks, Eels, Titans and Panthers to round out the regular season.

13 COMMENTS

  1. It’s players like Billy who make this such a great sport to follow.
    Thanks for that.
    All the best in retirement.

  2. Will be good to see someone score a try vs Melbourne and not worried about getting kicked in the face by the late slide of this grubs boots sliding in

  3. Bobfulton you are a goose!!

    Billy Slater is the BEST Fullback to ever lace on a boot!!

    Good luck in retirement, Looks like attention seeking Cameron Smith will be the last one standing…

    • Don’t matter how good he is or isn’t, sill a grub who constantly leads with boots whether sliding in very late after a try or when he goes for a bomb, loves to get a lock on the face…
      There just facts nothing to do with his ability…
      So thanks for your comment there “goose”

      • He doesn’t constantly lead with the boots

        He doesn’t constantly slide in very late after a try.

        He had a couple of moments and they should have been penalised, no doubt – but we’re talking quite a few years back now and none of his moments resulted in bad injuries to other players.

        I’d completely forgotten about the moments you brought up. I haven’t seen it at all in ages.

        Far from a grub.

        • They may of been couple years back, but he hasn’t played a lot last few seasons, and it wasn’t once or twice, is was very often.. he never showed remorse and continued to do it. Don’t matter if he hasn’t done it lately he would of done it atleast 20 times throughout his career…

        • Don’t seem to be able to reply directly to you once it is at this point, but to be clear – he has played a lot in the last few seasons. He has played almost all of the last two and I can’t remember him sliding in or doing that catching style he had for a moment, at all during this and last season – so the idea that he has continued to do it seems wide of the mark to me. Sounds like he hasn’t continued to do it.

        • You an be in love with slater all you like, but you commented on my opinion, which is that he’s a grub who plays dirty ( like rest of storm players) and had been given special treatment over his disgusting habit of sliding in, or flapping its legs and boots out when catching, which he still does almost every game…
          But like I say. You be in love with him and I’ll stick to my opinion

  4. I know people will disagree but out the group of legendary players that QLD were lucky to have on the field at one time, Thurston, Smith, Cronk, Lockyer etc IMO Billy Slater was the best. He should be an immortal one day. I was lucky enough to have seen Langlands at this best and Slater was better.

    • In line with Smith to be the next immortal. Absolutely wonderful player. If Langlands is immortal standard (and he is) so is Slater. I saw Changa play a lot of footy and Billy is every bit as good, if not better. And I’m glad Kenny Irvine’s record is still safe.

  5. Best I’ve seen. Hope he stays at Melbourne as a Mentor/Assistant. We will miss him next year that’s fir sure

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