Storm custodian Billy Slater is arguably the form fullback in the NRL right now (regardless of what the Maroons selectors might think), but that doesn’t mean the Queensland champion is guaranteed to go around again next year.
According to AAP, Slater – who turns 34 this month – is yet to decide whether or not he’ll retire at season’s end.
“I haven’t made a decision,” Slater said. “The club have started preliminary talks with my manager, but I think they’re waiting on me to say yes or no.”
“I just need a little bit more time.”
The Storm will surely be hoping that he re-commits for at least another season. With long-term halfback Cooper Cronk moving back to Sydney, losing Slater as well would signal an immediate changing of the guard in the Storm spine, and could make for a difficult transition.
As it stands, Cameron Munster looks likely to hold one spot in the halves, with the club still searching for his partner.
Though judging by their form on Thursday night at Cronulla, perhaps the identity of their halfback isn’t that important.
Slater has played 291 first grade matches for the Storm, 27 Origins for Queensland, and 25 Tests for Australia.
He’s #4 on The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.