Rugby league great, Billy Slater has switched codes. He’s landed a part time role as a leadership consultant with Saint Kilda AFL team. But, he hasn’t totally deserted the Storm.
Aleesha Buckby reports.
Just eleven days ago, Billy Slater retired from Rugby League after losing the grand final against the Sydney Roosters.
He’s now announced he’s taking on a mentoring and leadership role at Saint Kilda.
Despite the different codes, Slater says he’ll transfer the coaching qualities he’s learnt from his career in NRL.
Billy Slater, Sports Legend: “I’ve always played rugby league. But I think there is a correlation between the two codes, that we can certainly draw some parallels.”
There’s been plenty of reaction to Slater’s news.
Kangaroos Coach, Mal Meninga says Saint Kilda has snatched a winner.
Mal Meninga, Kangaroos Coach: “He’s been a sensational player, and person and a great leader for our great game. I’m pretty sure that Saints will benefit from having Billy in the club.”
Slater will work with the Saints two days a week and will also work as a specialist coach with his former NRL team.
The Melbourne Storm has already used this concept in working with Collingwood Premiership Captain Nick Maxwell.
Maxwell has spent time with the NRL players building their team and developing their leadership.
Slater hopes that he too can mentor the Saints and help them recover from their poor performance last season.
Billy Slater, Sports Legend: “Hopefully I can give some value to this organisation and the playing group.”
Aleesha Buckby, QUT News.