Melbourne Storm and Australia legend Billy Slater has announced that he will retire at the end of the current campaign.
With over 300 appearances for the Storm, 35-year-old Slater has played his entire professional career with the Victoria based club since making his debut in 2003. Boasting a try scoring record of better than a score every other game, he will be sorely missed by Craig Bellamy and his team mates. The serial winner had already retired from international rugby, where he made thirty appearances for the Kangaroos, and State of Origin where, wearing the Queensland maroon, he boasted a sixty per cent win record since making his debut in the competition in 2004.
A two-time NRL Grand Final winner, Slater also lifted the World Club Challenge trophy on three occasions with Melbourne as well as winning the State of Origin series a remarkable seven times during an era of Queensland dominance. Furthermore, Slater also claimed multiple individual honours throughout his glittering career. Currently standing as the record try scorer in NRL history, he will certainly leave a legacy which will inspire future players.
Currently sitting in second spot in the NRL league ladder, Melbourne will be hoping for a second consecutive Grand Final triumph to send one of their country’s most illustrious players out on a high. Having broken down while announcing his imminent retirement to Australian media, it would certainly be the best way for Slater to leave the game he has served so well.