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Storm's Slater announces NRL retirement

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Billy Slater poses for a photo during a Melbourne Storm media opportunity, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)

Melbourne legend Billy Slater has announced his retirement from rugby league with the 2018 NRL season to be his last.

The 35-year-old fullback confirmed he's hanging up the boots at season's end on Wednesday at a packed press conference in Melbourne, ending months of speculation about his playing future.

The Storm hoped Slater would play on for another season but the former Queensland and Australia star has decided to call time on his 16-year career.

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