Star Australian fullback Billy Slater to retire

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Queensland and Australia fullback Billy Slater has confirmed he will retire from rugby league at the end of the NRL season.

The 35-year-old Slater played 30 tests for Australia, 31 State of Origin matches for Queensland — including eight series wins — and won two NRL premierships with the Melbourne Storm during a 16-year professional career.

2013 Rugby League World Cup Final - New Zealand v Australia - Old Trafford, Manchester, England - New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams is consoled by Australia's Billy Slater.
2013 Rugby League World Cup Final - New Zealand v Australia - Old Trafford, Manchester, England - New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams is consoled by Australia's Billy Slater.
Billy Slater emotional with the Clive Churchill medalStorm v Cowboys NRL rugby league Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Australia. Sunday 1 October 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.nz
Billy Slater emotional with the Clive Churchill medalStorm v Cowboys NRL rugby league Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Australia. Sunday 1 October 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.nz

He was the NRL Player of the Year in 2011 and twice won the Clive Churchill Medal as player of the match in the NRL grand final.

Slater announced his decision at a news conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, saying "I feel so lucky to have had the career I've had."

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