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AFL clubs will look at Slater: Nixon

By Roger Vaughan 24/04/2010 02:43:29 PM Comments (0)

The AFL could blow the NRL "right out of the water" by enticing stars such as Billy Slater to switch codes, according to prominent player manager Ricky Nixon.

There is renewed media speculation about whether AFL clubs might make a concerted bid for Slater following the Melbourne Storm's salary cap scandal.

Nixon has no doubt the star fullback will become a recruiting target.

Karmichael Hunt has already left rugby league to join the AFL's Gold Coast expansion club.

"Billy Slater would eat Karmichael Hunt alive," Nixon told Melbourne radio station Triple M on Saturday.

"It's a great opportunity for the AFL to nail rugby league once and for all, blow them right out of the water - start recruiting some of their star players.

Nixon also said Slater, one of league's most skilful players, would quickly adapt to the AFL.

"The way the game is played now ... you only have to look at the success of St Kilda, where everyone plays their role, they may not be the best team skill-wise or (individually), but they just play a role," Nixon said.

"Billy Slater, I would have absolutely no doubt whatsoever, could convert to playing AFL quicker than most international rookies could.

"His pace, his courage - I've actually quite often thought of trying to get him across - there is no doubt there will be an attempt to get him to play AFL now.

"There have been attempts before and I think any club would be mad if they didn't do their due diligence and go and have a look at him."

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