Billy Slater
Wants to be one club man

Melbourne Storm’s Billy Slater hopes his 200th match is another step towards becoming the rarest of commodities in modern rugby league – a one-club player.

Test and Origin superstar Slater wants to play out his career at the Storm, and is well on the way with his current contract to expire at the end of 2015 – when he will be 32.

But with contracts under constant squeeze in the salary cap-driven NRL and lucrative late-career top-ups waiting in England, there are few one-club players any more.

As Slater prepares for his 200th match for the Storm since his 2002 debut, the Queensland fullback hopes he can become one of them.

“To play 200 games and stay down here for nine years now, it’s something I’m very proud of and I hope I’m down here for a long time to come,” Slater said.

“When my contract expires, I’ll be 32. That will be – if not the whole lot of my career – a big part of it.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be one of the few players who has the opportunity to stay at one club for his whole career.

“With the salary cap and all those issues, it’s very hard for players to stay at their beloved clubs.”

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