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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.”

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