He is one of the greatest players to ever don a Queensland jersey and now Billy Slater will coach the side for two years.
After Paul Green’s rather sudden and unceremonious departure, Queensland was left to find a new coach to take them forward.
That man is Slater, who had a storied career as a player at all levels of the game.
Slater played in 31 Origin games and since retiring in 2018, he has been involved as a Queensland selector and in commentating.
Slater looks back on his days in the Queensland side with fondness and is now excited to help guide the next generation of talent.
“I’m very honoured to be able to have been involved with the Queensland State of Origin team,” Slater said.
“Firstly as a supporter when I was a young boy, inspired by the team, then I got the opportunity to play for Queensland and be one of those players, and now I get the chance to help guide and help bring through the next generation.”
The role is one that means a lot to Slater and he is thrilled at the chance to be involved with Queensland once again.
“It’s a great honour to be the Queensland coach. I was drawn to the role because I care and because it’s important to me,” Slater continued.
“At the end of the day, I’m a Queenslander. This team means a lot to me. It always has.
“It has been a big part of my life for the majority of my life and now I get the opportunity to help other people, not only fulfil their dream but inspire a whole state.”
Incoming Queensland Rugby League Chief Executive Rohan Sawyer said they are excited to have Slater at the helm.
“Once we determined it was in our best interests to secure a coach who could provide leadership to a young playing group over multiple series, Billy was the stand out option,” Sawyer said.
“We’re delighted to secure the services of such a passionate Queenslander, and we’re now very much looking forward to planning for the future and providing as much support for Billy as possible to help set him up for success.”