Slater eyes ex­tra duty

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE Storm star Billy Slater will con­sider un­der­go­ing two blocks of pre­sea­son train­ing be­fore Christ­mas to help launch into 2016 as his con­tract talks with the club con­tinue.

The Test full­back un­der­went sea­son- end­ing shoul­der surgery last month.

Slater will re­main in a sling for another three weeks be­fore start­ing a six- week re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

The 32- year- old said he fully in­tends to start the 2016 sea­son in the best shape pos­si­ble af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of hav­ing this year cut short.

“We will then step things up from there ( af­ter re­hab ends), which will be three months post- op­er­a­tion,” Slater said.

“Maybe I’ll sit down and work out whether I do two blocks of pre- sea­son be­fore Christ­mas or one longer one.”

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