Returning to the club alongside Storm’s fellow Australian World Cup representatives this week, Billy Slater is confident he will take the field in Round 1 despite an off season diagnostic arthroscope on his left knee.

Slate underwent a minor procedure to clean up his knee in December and is feeling good following his time off during the Christmas break.

“I had quite a good break, obviously I had a little bit of surgery done,” Slater said.

“I got away for Christmas with the family so I felt like I was ready to start on Monday.

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“I’ve probably got a couple more weeks in the rehab group.

“All is looking good for Round 1 at this stage and the knee is holding up quite well.”

Despite the fact Slater will resume full training later than most of his teammates the fullback is adamant a thorough approach to his rehabilitation over the coming weeks will benefit him throughout the 2014 season.

“It certainly isn’t ideal but I am going to take the time it takes,” Slater said.

“I’m not going to be out there training doing what the boys do in one weeks time but its just going to be a process.

“I want to get the knee right and ready to go and hopefully I will have an injury free season.”