Melbourne Storm champion Billy Slater is almost back to his best form according to coach Craig Bellamy after the fullback starred against St George Illawarra.
The Storm ran out 34-22 winners with Slater crossing for a double.
“It’s a bit early to say he’s back to his best, but gee he’s getting close,” Bellamy said.
“His game on Anzac Day was way above expectations and I thought to back up five days later and put that performance in today, he’s getting real close to it.”
A brutally honest Bellamy went on to reveal doubts as to where the legendary fullback could find the form that made him the world’s best player.
“I said that to him the other day actually, I had a cup of coffee with him. I thought the break he had, at his age, it could’ve went either way,” he said.
“It might help him come back fresh or, that long out of the game at that age – the game had changed in the two years he had out – it could’ve went the other way. It might’ve went past him.
“I never said that to him but that’s what I was thinking.”
Slater’s resurgence comes on the back of comments made by Australian coach Mal Meninga who seriously considered selecting Slater for the Anzac Test.