With the announcement made on Slater’s re-signature, it may be a sign that the Storm have admitted defeat in being able to retain second-row/prop Adam Blair, with his impending departure to ensure that the Storm are on the safe side of the cap.
Slater made his debut for the Storm 8 years ago in 2003, and has played alongside Craig Bellamy as his coach for his entire career.
â€œIt has been an amazing journey so far here with the Storm club,” the 27-year-old fullback said.
â€œI am thrilled to be able to extend my contract for what will be most of my career.
â€œIt is a privilege to have had the opportunity to play at this great club for so many years. I would love nothing more than to play out my entire career at Storm.”
Over the years, the two have developed a very strong relationship, and sees Bellamy sees Slater as key component in the cultural side of the club, as well as for the attitude.
â€œBill has been an outstanding contributor to rugby league, creating history with Queensland, Australia and especially Melbourne Storm,â€ Bellamy said.
â€œAny coach would love to have him in their squad and we wouldn’t swap him for anyone.
â€œThere [are] so many ways to highlight what he brings to our club, personally [what] I love is his competitiveness and leadership. Bill always takes up the challenge and you know he will be there when you need him.â€