SLATER SAYS BODY WILL DECIDE EXIT
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.
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