James Tedesco has set his sights on becoming the Kangaroos long-term fullback.
Slater replaced Minichiello as the long-term Kangaroos fullback and now Tedesco is hoping to be the long-term replacement for the retired Melbourne Storm great.
“I think everyone has the goal of playing for Australia but I knew with Slater retiring that if I had a good year at the Roosters that an opportunity would come up and I was really happy with how I played this year,” Tedesco told NRL.com
“He held the jersey for a number of years and dominated the game but I am 25 now and I think for myself there is a chance to hold the No.1 jersey for a while.
“It is not going to come easy but I think I can get that started by training well this week and having a good game on Saturday.”
“I worked hard with Robbo [Robinson] and the time and effort we put into defence has been the biggest change for me.
“The first week we had three wrestle sessions and I was thinking this was not that much fun but everyone said at the start it would pay off.”
The 25-year-old admitted he is not the “complete” fullback but declared he and the Roosters will be aiming to improve their attack during this off-season.
“Robbo was speaking after the season and [he said] the defence he wanted to get out of me has hit 100 per cent where he wanted to get to [but] attack didn’t hit 100 per cent. That’s the exciting bit heading into next year, I still have a bit left to improve on in attack.
“I feel that too. I feel like there is more for me to exploit. I got to where I wanted to be by the end of the year but there are still areas I could improve and get involved more. We have a similar team next year but it won’t be a case of being comfortable, I will be straight into it.”