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Storm's Slater to announce NRL retirement

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Billy Slater (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

Melbourne legend Billy Slater is set to announce his retirement from rugby league with the 2018 NRL season to be his last.

The 35-year-old fullback will hold a press conference in Melbourne at 1pm on Wednesday.

The Storm had hoped that Slater would continue for another season but the former Queensland and Australia star has decided to call time on his career.

Slater made his NRL debut with Melbourne in 2003 and has since played 313 games, overcoming two shoulder reconstructions that interrupted his career.

His bulging trophy cabinet contains two NRL premierships, two Clive Churchill Medals and a Dally M Medal.

Slater was also a key member of Queensland's State of Origin dominance and was a part of eight series' victories, playing 31 games.

He was awarded this year's Wally Lewis Medal as player of the 2018 series despite missing the first game.

Slater was a member of the Storm's "Big Four" - including Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and skipper Cameron Smith.

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