Melbourne Storm has secured the services of rugby league’s best fullback, Billy Slater, for what should be the rest of his NRL career.
In a massive boost for the club, Slater came to terms with Storm officials on a deal that ties him to Melbourne until the end of the 2015 season.
That’s a four-year contract extension for the Queensland and Australian custodian, and ensures he remains a one-club player. He will be 32 when the deal expires.
Already the club’s record try-scorer with 114, another four seasons after this one could also see Slater become the club’s games record holder, passing Matt Geyer’s 262. He is third on the Storm’s all-time games list with 183.
His long-term commitment means the club retains the services of its star trio of Slater, skipper Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk until at least the end of 2013, when Cronk’s deal expires.
But Smith, who is contracted until the end of 2014, and Cronk, who has been continually sought by other clubs, have also indicated their desire to be one-club players.