BILLY Slater would have had plenty on his mind after injuring his shoulder in Friday night’s World Club Challenge.
Yet the Melbourne Storm champion still took the time to make a wonderfully generous gesture to a young fan.
Slater was thanked on Twitter by Leeds Rhinos fan Neil Robinson for apparently giving his winner’s medal to Robinson’s young son.
Robinson posted some pictures of the exchange, with his son beaming after receiving the unexpected souvenir from the NRL great.
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FOX League commentator Andrew Voss was one of many who paid tribute to Slater on Twitter.
Slater also won plaudits from coach Craig Bellamy after the match, with the Storm supercoach praising the fullback and captain Cameron Smith’s enormous positive influence on the club. In beating Leeds 38-4 to claim the club world championship, Smith and Slater currently boast an extraordinary trophy cabinet that also boasts the NRL premiership, State of Origin shield and Rugby League World Cup.
“I was a really proud coach tonight,” he said. “To hold all those titles in the one year, but also individually for these two guys to hold the big individual awards – Dally M, Clive Churchill Medal and Golden Boot, they hold between them. That’s quite remarkable.
“Sometimes I think they don’t get the accolades they deserve because they are probably in Melbourne and not so much in NRL heartland.
“But I know how good they are and how highly this club holds these two players. To do what they did tonight and hold all those records is quite unbelievable, especially they are grandpas now as far as NRL goes.”
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