After much debate, Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater has signed a new four-year deal with the club, that is likely to see him remain at Melbourne, for the rest of his career.

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.

“It has been an amazing journey so far here with the Storm club,” the 27-year-old fullback said.

“I am thrilled to be able to extend my contract for what will be most of my career.

“It 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.

“Bill has been an outstanding contributor to rugby league, creating history with Queensland, Australia and especially Melbourne Storm,” Bellamy said.

“Any coach would love to have him in their squad and we wouldn’t swap him for anyone.

“There [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.”

By ricky

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