Queensland great Billy Slater has today announced he will retire from representative rugby league at the end of this year’s Origin series.
Slater made the shock announcement at a press conference on Tuesday morning.
“I just feel it’s time,” Slater said. “I’m 35 this year. I’ve been through a fair bit. This will be the 15th year I play for Queensland. Honestly, I just think it’s time.”
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The Maroons fullback thanked his family and fans for all of their support during his representative football career.
“My family, obviously a lot of support and unconditional support has been there with my family, my wife Nicole and my two kids,” Slater said.
“I would like to thank the Queensland public, the Innisfail people, they’ve always made me feel pretty special playing in the Maroons jersey.”
Referring to his fellow teammates, Slater said he admires the traits of Queenslanders.
“I think about the traits we have here in the Maroons team – be humble, never give up and look after your mates when they’re doing it tough. They’re just traits of Queenslanders.”
Slater will wear the No.1 jersey for the Queensland Maroons for the 30th time next Wednesday night.
Billy Slater has announced this will be his final year playing representative football.
An amazing career! ✊
— NRL (@NRL) May 29, 2018