Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater makes shock move to the AFL

Just weeks after hanging up his NRL boots, its been revealed Rugby League legend Billy Slater is heading to St Kilda.

The AFL confirmed overnight that the recently-retired Melbourne Storm superstar has taken up a part-time position with the club.

It’s understood Slater will be heavily involved with the Saints’ leadership and development programs through the newly-created role, which will see him work closely with players, coaches and high-performance staff.


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“The position will see him play a mentoring role with the club’s leaders, while also imparting his views and experiences in relation to professionalism, training standards and match-day performance across the whole playing group,” St Kilda said in a statement.

General Manager of Football Simon Lethlean said Slater’s appointment was a major coup for the club.

“Billy’s sporting resume is second to none, and he will add great value to our club,” Lethlean said.

“Over the course of the season, we identified that there was an opportunity to strengthen our leadership and development programs, and we think Billy can play an important role in that.

“He will work closely with our current leaders as well as our emerging leaders to help them develop their leadership capacity and optimise their professionalism and performance.”

Slater is expected to begin the part-time role early in the pre-season.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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