Billy Slater has agreed to terms with the Melbourne Storm for the 2019 Season – Not as a player, but as an Assistant coach.
Slater, 35, who retired at the end of the season, will help new assistant coach Marc Brentnall coordinate the team attack as well as mentor the upcoming fullbacks on the Storms senior and junior lists.
The retiring Melbourne superstar was looking to end his 319-game NRL career with another premiership at ANZ Stadium. But the game didn’t go to script, with the Sydney Roosters crushing the Storm 21-6, bringing to a end of one of the most decorated rugby league career in the games history.
The 35-year-old almost didn’t make his final farewell game – he had to overturn a shoulder charge ban at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night to even take his place.
Slater couldn’t add to incredible tally of 23 tries in the finals, including one in each of his past three Grand Finals.
But he may have won some fans back, as he sought out injured Roosters halfback and long-time teammate Cooper Cronk on the bench immediately after full-time.
Slater said friendship was just one thing he would take from his career.
“I am really grateful for the career I have had and for the friends I have made,” he said.
“Rugby League has taught me a lot of things – selflessness, respect – and I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me.”
Slater will now be looking to pass on those same lesson he learnt as a player to the up and coming juniors at the Melbourne Storm.