The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

QUEENS­LAND great Billy Slater does not know if he will ever be ready to walk way from rugby league, but will listen to his body about when to re­tire. The Mel­bourne full­back signed a one-year deal with his club at the end of last year.

At the age of 34, and af­ter a cou­ple of in­jury-ravaged sea­sons, spec­u­la­tion has been rife about when Slater will hang up the boots.

But as he nears his 300th NRL game, Slater says it is his body that will make the de­ci­sion about when he re­tires. “I’ll never be ready to give it away,” he told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“I’m go­ing into my 16th NRL sea­son and I still get that feel­ing of ex­cite­ment ... I’m ap­proach­ing it as a kid that loves footy. Phys­i­cally, my body will prob­a­bly tell me when to give it away. You get to my age and there are al­ways signs of that.”

Slater will need the in­flam­ma­tion around a mi­nor shoul­der in­jury to sub­side be­fore he is given the green light from Storm staff to play against the Bull­dogs in Perth on Satur­day.

Picture: Jenny Evans

Wests Tigers’ new prop Rus­sell Packer turns up for class at the Aus­tralian Grad­u­ate School of Man­age­ment at UNSW.

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