Tributes on social media are already starting to come through prior to Billy Slater’s 1pm press conference where the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Kangaroos legend will announce his retirement.
Billy Slater. One of the greatest, most instinctive, athletes in any sport in the world. Will be missed— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) August 7, 2018
I grew up watching AFL, and only AFL, but Billy Slater was the player that drew me to the game of rugby league.— Hayley Wildes (@wildes_hayley) August 8, 2018
His speed, flair and flat out competitiveness had me in awe.
Thank you for a remarkable career, @billyslater.
Let's get one more ring! @storm #NRL #purplepride
Looks like today's the day Billy Slater will announce he's hanging up the boots at season end! 1pm Storm announcement. Will this see Cameron Smith follow suit?— Hugh Finnane (@HughFinnane) August 7, 2018
June 21st, 2017. The QLD Maroons were down 1-0 in the series. The dynasty team looked to be done. Billy Slater was called up to play after all his injuries. He & JT not only helped clinch the game. But then the series win in game 3. My favourite Origin series of all time. pic.twitter.com/DTBVAb6g2H— Tyler (@TylerTynamite) August 8, 2018
Oh no Billy Slater is set to announce his retirement today pic.twitter.com/t5yv3zHqdy— Victoria (@yeahvictoriaaa_) August 8, 2018
Congratulations to Billy Slater on a wonderful career. 300+ games as a one club player for @storm + 31 games for @QLDmaroons and 30 for @Kangaroos and my favourite State of Origin try of all time – his chip and chase in game 2 of the 2004 series. #futureimmortal #NRL— Dane Lillingstone (@Dane_ML) August 8, 2018
Hope it’s not true but if it is, then congrats to @billyslater on an outstanding career. Has not only been unbelievable for the @storm but for the city of #Melbourne in general. Future @NRL immortal !— Tim Scott 🤘🏻 (@Ralphyboy6Tim) August 8, 2018
Sad to see Billy Slater hang them up. One of the all time greats and showed how much of a champion he truly is returning from injury the way he did in 2017.— Jo (@Jo_Blo2014) August 7, 2018