Slater back on track
Storm fullback Billy Slater is feeling good after coming back from a head injury suffered against the Canberra Raiders in Round 20.
Slater spent a week recuperating before returning to the field against the Cowboys in Round 22 and is set to take his place again in Melbourne's top of the table clash against the Roosters on Saturday afternoon at home.
"I supposed when it happens to you, you don’t think it is bad as what it looks on TV," he said.
"I don't remember the incident, didn’t feel it, I woke up ok. It didn’t affect me as much as it affected people close to me - my family. My kids were watching the game, so when I look at it from their point of view, it's quite alarming.
"Naturally they care for my safety. They've watched me play a lot of footy and be in a lot of different situations, it was just that period they didn’t know I was ok – what were they thinking at that time. It's not good to hear the way they have to sit through it and watch it.
"But it's rugby league, we take a few knocks every now and then."
Slater has regained his memory after it was reported he'd lost two weeks of it following the Soliola tackle.
"I did when I came off the field, that all came back to me within an hour. It wasn’t like I'd lost two weeks of my life," Slater said.
"I still remember the Origin, it's pretty hard to forget. Within an hour I'd remembered every minute of the game in Canberra and the past."
The champion fullback said the injury hadn’t changed his thoughts on whether he would extend his contract until 2018.
"It hasn’t contributed at all," Slater said.
"What it has done is it's made me think about concussion and that sort of stuff. The little research we do know about it, we're still learning a lot about it, it just makes you think about that a little bit more.
"I said during the Origin that I want to get through this period – with the incident that happened a couple of weeks ago, I put everything on the backburner. I haven't really sat down with my family (to talk about it).
"I'm enjoying my football this year, I feel good, I suppose we're just focusing on playing as good as we can. I'll make the decision in due course."