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BILLY Slater may be reaching the twilight of his illustrious NRL career, but any thoughts of retirement can wait for the time being.

Following a two-year comeback from injury, culminating in a dynamic 2017 season, many pundits have bet 2018 will be Slater’s swansong.

Speculation about his career aside, Slater remains solely focussed on improving his game.


“Whenever something is taken away from you, the drive to get it back is always greater,” he said. “The Chase for me is that moment you sit in the shed with your teammates after you’ve achieved something.

“The result of 2017 was probably one of my most successful years to date, collectively with my teams but individually as well.

“The drive for me is to become the best that I can be. I’ve always measured my performances from past performances, not so much against other people.”

While his present focus remains the Melbourne Storm’s 2018 campaign and quest of back-to-back flags, the 34-year-old fullback has given some thoughts to his post-career legacy.

“My career nearly finished two and a half years ago, and although I would have been very disappointed to finish my career like that, I’m very content with what I have achieved in this game,” he said.

“I’m proud of being competitive, I’m proud of wanting to be in the game all the time. If I can leave (the game with) an impression of competitiveness and that will to win, I’ll be happy with that.”

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