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Storm secure Slater until 2015

10/04/2011 12:27:19 PM Comments (0)

The Melbourne Storm have secured the services of star fullback Billy Slater for what is likely to be the rest of his NRL career.

In a massive boost for the Storm, Slater penned a four-year contract extension that ties him to the club until the end of the 2015 season.

The 27-year-old Test fullback, who made his NRL debut at the Storm in 2003, will now most likely remain a one-team player.

The deal means the Storm have now retained the services of their star trio of Slater, skipper Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk until at least the end of 2013, when Cronk's deal expires.

"It has been an amazing journey so far here with the Storm club," Slater said.

"I am thrilled to be able to extend my contract for what will be most of my career.

"It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to play at this great club for so many years.

"I would love nothing more than to play out my entire career at Storm."

Slater joined Storm feeder club Brisbane Norths in the QLD Cup competition back in 2001, making his Storm NRL debut two years later.

He has since gone on to become the club's record try-scorer with 114, and is third on the all-time appearances list with 183.

Among many of his achievements, he won the Clive Churchill medal as man of the match in the 2009 grand final, was named in the Storm's team of the decade and was bestowed the 2008 Golden Boot as the world's best player.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy, who made his debut at the club in the same match as Slater in 2003, acknowledges the Queenslander as a crucial member of the team.

"Bill has been an outstanding contributor to rugby league, creating history with Queensland, Australia and especially Melbourne Storm," Bellamy said.

"Any coach would love to have him in their squad and we wouldn't swap him for anyone.

"There is so many ways to highlight what he brings to our club, personally I love is his competitiveness and leadership."

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