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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Slater reveals reason for code switch


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Retired NRL great Billy Slater has opened up on his decision to join AFL side St Kilda in a coaching role just weeks after playing his final NRL game for the Melbourne Storm.

Slater spoke for the first time in a press conference on Thursday alongside Saints' football boss Simon Lethlean, and revealed that Lethlean had approached him during the NRL season.

"Simon approached myself as soon as I announced my retirement," Slater said.

"Once my season finished we sat down and had a conversation and I felt like it was something I was interested in felt that I could bring value to this organisation."

Slater called the decision to embark on coaching in a foreign code a "challenge" but one that he is prepared to embrace following his retirement.

'I think I've got something to add to this organisation and it’s certainly a challenge and this is new to me," Slater said.

"I've focused on living and breathing this for 17 years and now its about trying to pass that on to other people to help them move their careers."

The 35-year-old was unable to offer exactly what his role would be, saying the specifics were yet to be determined, but admitted that he saw parallels between the NRL and the AFL.

"I’m still involved with the Melbourne Storm as well, but I think there is a correlation between the two codes and we can certainly draw some parallels." he said.

"Hopefully I can give some value to this organisation and the playing group. Everyone at the St Kilda Football Club is striving to be successful in 2019.

"It’s about a group of guys trying to work hard and be selfless and I don’t think that changes just because it’s a different code.

"The skills of the game are different but at the end of the day we are one team that are going for one goal."

Retired NRL great Billy Slater has opened up on his decision to join AFL side St Kilda in a coaching role just weeks after playing his final NRL game for the Melbourne Storm.

Slater spoke for the first time in a press conference on Thursday alongside Saints' football boss Simon Lethlean, and revealed that Lethlean had approached him during the NRL season.

"Simon approached myself as soon as I announced my retirement," Slater said.

"Once my season finished we sat down and had a conversation and I felt like it was something I was interested in felt that I could bring value to this organisation."

Slater called the decision to embark on coaching in a foreign code a "challenge" but one that he is prepared to embrace following his retirement.

'I think I've got something to add to this organisation and it’s certainly a challenge and this is new to me," Slater said.

"I've focused on living and breathing this for 17 years and now its about trying to pass that on to other people to help them move their careers."

The 35-year-old was unable to offer exactly what his role would be, saying the specifics were yet to be determined, but admitted that he saw parallels between the NRL and the AFL.

"I’m still involved with the Melbourne Storm as well, but I think there is a correlation between the two codes and we can certainly draw some parallels." he said.

"Hopefully I can give some value to this organisation and the playing group. Everyone at the St Kilda Football Club is striving to be successful in 2019.

"It’s about a group of guys trying to work hard and be selfless and I don’t think that changes just because it’s a different code.

"The skills of the game are different but at the end of the day we are one team that are going for one goal."

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