Almost 300 first grade games across 15 seasons in the National Rugby League, countless State of Origin glories and the honour of representing his country many times over, Slater, who was only filling in for Storm fullback Robbie Ross all those years ago, now has his own story to tell.
“To be honest, just the thought of bringing out a book was a little bit daunting; as far as where to start or whether I’d remember things and all that sort of stuff,” he tells Inside Sport.
“I’ve had a bit of time over the last 12 months, being off with a shoulder reconstruction. Using that time to go through and write the book, it’s been an interesting journey and one I hope people draw a bit of inspiration from.
“I just tell my story. I feel quite honoured, actually to be able to bring out a book.
“I realised that for me to write a book about my story I couldn’t just write about the happy times in my career and my life. I needed to dive into the areas that weren’t so favourable for me, whether that be career-wise or injury-wise, or being left out of teams or something like that. I’ve tried to give as much of an insight into how I’ve developed and the road I’ve taken through my journey. It’s a little bit different to the majority of people’s stories. I’ve had to open the door myself rather than walk through it.”