Slater will de­cide his Storm fu­ture af­ter Ori­gin

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MATT LOGUE

BILLY Slater has told Mel­bourne of­fi­cials he will make a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture af­ter this year’s Ori­gin se­ries.

Slater is yet to de­cide if he’ll play on next sea­son af­ter re­turn­ing from a two-sea­son lay­off from con­sec­u­tive shoul­der surg­eries this year.

The cham­pion full­back will fo­cus on his re­turn to the Ori­gin arena with Queens­land, be­fore sit­ting down with Mel­bourne to de­cide his next move.

Storm foot­ball man­ager Frank Ponissi ex­pects to meet with Slater at the com­ple­tion of this year’s Ori­gin se­ries next month.

“It will be purely how Bill feels about play­ing an­other sea­son,” Ponissi told The Sun­day Tele­graph. “The talks with him have been go­ing pos­i­tively for ages and there will be no is­sue with the dis­cus­sions.

“The sooner we know the bet­ter for our own plan­ning, but we are also very re­spect­ful of what Bill has not only done for this club but also what he has gone through in the last two years.

“So we will be let­ting him make that de­ci­sion with­out any pres­sure, so he isn’t forced into mak­ing the wrong de­ci­sion.”

Mel­bourne Storm and Ma­roons full­back Billy Slater.

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