Head knock no factor on retirement: Billy Slater

Billy Slater has not made a decision on his future yet.
Billy Slater has not made a decision on his future yet. JULIAN SMITH

MELBOURNE Storm superstar Billy Slater says the "alarming" concussion he suffered last month will have no bearing on his decision to play on or not.

Slater, 34, is unsigned beyond this season, with four games and finals to go.

The champion fullback missed captain Cameron Smith's 350th game a fortnight ago as a precaution, after being knocked unconscious against Canberra.

He returned last week, helping the Storm get over the top of North Queensland in difficult conditions.

"It was good just to get back on the field after what happened a couple of weeks ago it was good to get that game out of the way," Slater said.

"I was pretty comfortable once I took the field, I've been like that with all my injuries, once I'm out there I'm out there and forget about what's happened.

"You can't really go into anything half hearted you've got to attack it, that's the attitude I took into the game."

Apart from doing his job for the ladder-leading Storm, Slater must also decide whether he wants to play in 2018.

"No this (concussion) hasn't contributed at all (to the decision-making process), I suppose what it has done is it's made me think about concussion," Slater said.

"In terms of my future, no, it won't have an impact."

Slater left the door ajar for a decision at the end of the season.

"No I haven't made a decision as yet but I suppose I'll have to make one soon, won't I?" Slater said.

"I'm not too sure, I said during the Origin I want to get through that period and then I think with the incident that happened a couple of weeks ago I just put everything on the back burner and I have really sat down with my family.

"I'm enjoying my football this year and I'm enjoying being out there.

"I feel good and I suppose we're just focusing on playing as good as we can towards the end of the year, the decision will be made in due course and when it does I'm sure I'll let everyone know," he added.

Slater missed the best part of two years following twin shoulder reconstructions.

He returned to the Origin stage early in the year and has been among Storm's best during a clinical 2017 campaign.

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