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Storm can't wait for season's end

By Guy Hand 18/08/2010 06:28:00 PM Comments (0)

The end of an NRL season with no point and no points cannot come quickly enough for Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater.

The Test and State of Origin fullback admits the club's year of salary cap punishment and the chorus of abuse and cash-waving accompanying their away matches is wearing thin.

But Slater promised the Storm would continue to give all they had for their last three matches before a rare season without finals.

And they are particularly looking forward to playing two of those games at home, including Saturday night's AAMI Park clash with Cronulla.

"We're all looking forward to having a break - it's been a tough year for all the players and the staff," Slater admitted.

"Everyone's looking forward to the end of the season.

"We've still got a brand to uphold for the next three weeks and we'll be doing our best at training and on game day to do our best for ourselves and our supporters.

"We get this one out of the way and we've just got a couple more. In the last three games we've got two home games which is quite positive.

"Playing away is a little bit tough at the moment, but when we're at home we seem to cope well."

Slater can at least provide a rare feelgood factor for the Storm should he score another two tries this season.

He is just one behind Matt Geyer as Melbourne's leading all-time try-scorer.

Two more tries on Saturday night would give him the record of 114 in 177 matches - a phenomenal record of on average 1.55 tries per game.

Slater's remarkable nose for a try has been evident from his first-grade debut and proven since at all levels of the game.

He rates as his favourite his second half try in last season's grand final win over Parramatta.

"I don't think the try-scoring record is something you go out and try to achieve," Slater said.

"I wasn't aware of the record until this week but it's something when I finish playing football, it's something I'll look back on and something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

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