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Re: Billy Slater

Postby yourhero » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:40 am

I think that is a prudent idea. Let Slater get through Origin and see how the body is holding up. He has already eluded to the World Cup being his Kangaroos swan song. 2018 do the same with Origin.

If he is still healthy, sign him up for another Storm-only year. Based on 2017, it's not as if Slater is in some kind of sharp career decline. We are a much more complete team with a fit and firing Slater in it.

Having Slater at the back only further extends our Premiership possibility.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:39 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/melb ... 4yzfa.html


Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater expects retirement call before end of season

Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater expects to announce before the end of the season whether he will retire or play on.

The 34-year-old full-back has previously suggested this season could be his last but he has yet to fully declare his intentions and hasn’t given himself a deadline to announce his plans.

Slater said on Monday that he wanted to make the most of 2018 as the club chases back-to-back premierships.

“Naturally you do have thoughts but I haven’t made a decision on what I do past this year,” Slater said.

“I don’t know what I will do next year and I’ll make that decision down the track but I don’t think I’ll leave it until the end of the year.”

Slater also intends to play in his fourth WCC game when the Storm face Leeds Rhinos at AAMI Park on February 16 and he sees no reason why fellow veteran Cameron Smith won’t play as well.

The Storm have said they won’t risk any of their stars if they aren’t ready to play but Slater has set himself to have his match fitness as advanced as possible even though the Storm don’t kick off their regular season until March 10.

Slater and the other players who competed at the World Cup only returned to training in the past two weeks.

“I’ll be playing unless something happens in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be out there definitely,” Slater declared.

“I haven’t spoken to Cam about playing but I’d think he would put his hand up to play and he enjoys the big games. It’s at the start of the year which is a little bit rare but at the end of the day it’s a World Club Challenge and it’s a privilege to play in it.”

Slater added that he would not play in the team’s closed doors trial with Newcastle Knights on Wednesday.

Slater's fellow back Cameron Munster has come under the spotlight for his partying off-field after allegations he had a fight with teammate Ben Hunt while away with the Australian Kangaroos during the World Cup.

Hunt denied the incident occurred during a press conference on Monday.

Slater added that Munster would need to take a bigger leadership role on the field this season following Cooper Cronk’s departure for Sydney Roosters.

“Munster is going well and he has been real impressive in the two weeks since I got back,” Slater said.

“He has stepped up into a leadership here at training and he will have to do that with Cooper moving on, with who partners Munster is still up in the air.

“I think it will naturally happen for him, he is a natural footballer and he will move into a leadership role in the halves as Cooper orchestrated most things out of the field.

“Myself and Cam Smith will have to step up and take some of that role but I’m sure Munster will do that as well.”

While Brodie Croft and Ryley Jacks are battling to replace Cronk, Slater joked that newly signed prop Sam Kasiano was looking so fit he might be ready to move to half-back.

“Sam is looking pretty fit at the moment so he might fill the No.7 jersey,” Slater joked.

“He can pass it, he plays like a half-back and has shown a lot of commitment to get himself in shape - I’ve never seen Sam look this good and you know what kind of player he is.

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him.”

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:11 pm

Has anyone got an update on Billy Slater's shoulder?

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby sallymay » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:52 pm

Anywhere between 2 weeks and 8 weeks depending on who you talk too

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:47 pm

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... d4536cb317

Billy Slater gives World Club Challenge medal to young Leeds Rhinos fan
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February 17, 2018 1:26pm

Billy Slater with his World Club Challenge winner’s medal - which he gave to a young fan after the match.

BILLY Slater would have had plenty on his mind after injuring his shoulder in Friday night’s World Club Challenge.
Yet the Melbourne Storm champion still took the time to make a wonderfully generous gesture to a young fan.

Slater was thanked on Twitter by Leeds Rhinos fan Neil Robinson for apparently giving his winner’s medal to Robinson’s young son.

Robinson posted some pictures of the exchange, with his son beaming after receiving the unexpected souvenir from the NRL great.

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Neil Robinson
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Thank you Billy Slater for making my sons trip - handed over his winners medal #stormRhinos #billyslater #leedsrhinos

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Thank you Billy Slater for making my sons trip - handed over his winners medal #stormRhinos #billyslater #leedsrhinos pic.twitter.com/ZC6EBuqFoP


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How cool is that!!!!! Well done @billyslater @storm


Slater also won plaudits from coach Craig Bellamy after the match, with the Storm supercoach praising the fullback and captain Cameron Smith’s enormous positive influence on the club. In beating Leeds 38-4 to claim the club world championship, Smith and Slater currently boast an extraordinary trophy cabinet that also boasts the NRL premiership, State of Origin shield and Rugby League World Cup.

“I was a really proud coach tonight,” he said. “To hold all those titles in the one year, but also individually for these two guys to hold the big individual awards – Dally M, Clive Churchill Medal and Golden Boot, they hold between them. That’s quite remarkable.

“Sometimes I think they don’t get the accolades they deserve because they are probably in Melbourne and not so much in NRL heartland.

“But I know how good they are and how highly this club holds these two players. To do what they did tonight and hold all those records is quite unbelievable, especially they are grandpas now as far as NRL goes.”

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:17 am

https://wwos.nine.com.au/2018/02/16/22/ ... ious-storm

NRL: Billy Slater shoulder injury not serious say Melbourne Storm

Melbourne are confident Billy Slater won't miss the start of the NRL season despite injuring his shoulder in the first half of the Storm's World Club Challenge win over Leeds.

The veteran fullback didn't return for the second half of the 38-4 win over the Super League champions at AAMI Park, after jarring his shoulder.

A club spokesperson said it was a "precaution" that Slater sat out the second half, with the injury not serious, and the Test star appeared out on the ground for the presentation without any obvious strapping.

It is believed to be his left shoulder, which had also kept him out of the 2016 season and the start of last year.

He was asked about the injury by Nine Network commentator Darren Lockyer as he left the field at halftime and replied it was "alright, mate".

Slater looked in sparkling form in the opening 40 minutes despite only resuming training three weeks after the Rugby League World Cup.

The 34-year-old was the man of the match in the Storm's grand final victory over North Queensland.

Melbourne open their season on Saturday March 10 against Canterbury in Perth.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby LESStar58 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:55 pm

The fix is in: sit him out for round 1 and let him play game 300 at home in round 2.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby sallymay » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:00 am

That's what I was saying ...it all a lol huge conspiracy just to play RD 2 at home hahaha

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:21 am

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/nrl/no- ... 4z0ou.html


No need for scans as Melbourne Storm's Billy Slater avoids new shoulder setback



By Roy Ward
17 February 2018 — 3:13pm

Melbourne Storm are confident Billy Slater has avoided injury to his shoulder following their World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

Slater was withdrawn from the game just before half-time after jarring his shoulder as he attempted to escape the in-goal.

The 34-year-old full-back missed almost two years due to shoulder problems before a barnstorming comeback last season which saw him win major titles with the Storm, Queensland and Australia.

Storm football director Frank Ponissi said Slater was sat down as a precaution and did not need further scans or tests.

“The medical staff are comfortable with Billy’s mobility and his strength,” he said.

“It was very much a precautionary thing [to sit him down].”

Friday night’s game was an earlier start than previous years for the Storm but the reigning premiers showed some positive signs in their 38-4 win with prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona named man of the match.

The Storm now hold the NRL premiership, regular season title and the World Club Challenge for the first time.

The Storm’s opening round game against Canterbury Bulldogs in Perth is not until March 10 so Slater will be closely managed by the club and may not be risked in this Friday’s testimonial for Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston in Brisbane.

Slater also greeted fans post-game and a Twitter post from Rhinos supporter Neil Robinson showed pictures of Slater giving his winner's medal to his son.

Cameron Munster showed Storm fans he still relishes time in the full-back role after taking over from Slater while young half-back Brodie Croft and emerging utility Brandon Smith impressed in the playmaking roles after Munster was moved from five-eighth.

Croft scored a try and set up five others in the win while Smith showed he still has a nose for gaining metres and attacking the try line.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said Croft showed he was ready to take charge of the halfback role and make it his own following Cooper Cronk’s long tenure in the role.

“I thought he was really good and we expected that of him to be quite honest,” Bellamy said.


“He is a talented young fella, we don’t expect him to be a Cooper Cronk, we just expect him to do a real good job 'Brodie Croft' style.

Croft steps out of Cronk's shadow to steer Storm to World Club title

“He had a really good start to the game defensively and he built his game on that. It’s a really promising start as our starting half-back.

“Tremendous job and he got a lot of help from his teammates.”

Bellamy also praised Smith and Slater for their prolonged success.

"I know how good they are and how highly this club holds these two players," Bellamy said.

"To do what they did tonight and hold all those records is quite unbelievable, especially they are grandpas now as far as NRL goes."

A Storm development side put in a brave display against the New Zealand Warriors in Rotorua on Saturday in a 20-14 loss.

The Storm side featured only two players with first grade experience including former North Queensland forward Patrick Kaufusi who played his first game for the club.

Matt Sopa-Lawler scored the first try for the Storm but the Warriors regain the lead and were never headed again although rising star Harry Grant scored a solo try and speedy back Ryan Papenhuyzen powered down the left wing for a long-distance try three minutes from time.

Scott Drinkwater captained the Storm while Billy Walters, son of Queensland coach Kevin Walters, and teenager Cooper Johns, son of Newcastle great Matthew Johns, both showed some positive signs in attack.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby yourhero » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:50 am

Good news. Sounds like he tweaked it and got a bit worried (as you would expect). Glad the club took him off and didn't risk it further.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:06 am

Billy wont play in the Cam Smith John John Thurston testimonial match but mainly as a precaution.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby steaming stormer » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:14 pm

Jason Ryles now updated that they did decide to send him for scans as a precaution... makes sense given his history

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:42 pm

Heard that Billy has some lingering pain. So fingers crossed.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:36 pm

Sounds bad

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... 761f3a200b

NRL Casualty Ward: Busted shoulder may keep Billy Slater out of Round 1

BILLY Slater is racing the clock for Round One.

A notable absentee for Friday’s testimonial match for Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston, foxsports.com.au understands there’s a consideration to rest Slater for their season opener against the Bulldogs in Perth.

After landing awkwardly on his shoulder in last Friday’s World Club Challenge, the champion fullback was sent for precautionary scans.

Word out of the club is a ‘jarred shoulder’ but should Slater to continue to experience any soreness or discomfort; he won’t be hurried back to the field.

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Versatile 23-year-old Jahrome Hughes will fill the void for the testimonial match, while Young Tonumaipea has spent plenty of time in the role over his four years with the Storm should Slater be rested.

Meanwhile, South Sydney have suffered a blow with exciting winger Campbell Graham has suffered a broken hand.

The 18-year-old picked up the injury over the weekend in the Rabbitohs’ trial win over Wigan which has him unlikely to be fit for Round One.

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Re: Billy Slater

Postby Cameron » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:32 am

Given Slater’s scare in last week’s World Club Challenge losing another No.1 on the eve of their premiership defence is less than ideal preparation for the Storm but Bellamy is confident his champion fullback will recover in time to take his place.

“He had a scan this week, he went and saw the specialist this week that did the second operation and he’s reasonably happy with where he’s at,” Bellamy said after the game attended by 20,445 hearty fans in atrocious conditions.

“Whether he plays round one — we think he will — but we’re not going to take too many chances there.

“There wasn’t any more damage done to the shoulder he just gave it a real jar up apparently so he’s still got a fair bit of soreness in there and it might take a little while to settle down.

“He wouldn’t have played tonight but we think he’s a good chance of playing round one.”


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