Melbourne fullback Billy Slater says his side is continuing to improve and their best football is capable of competing with the competition’s elite.
Speaking to the media in the lead-up to Storm’s Round 16 fixture against St George Illawarra on Monday at WIN Stadium, Slater expressed his belief that if his side can back up consistent performances then they will be in a good position to compete at the back end of the season.
“I think our best football is certainly capable of challenging at the end of the year, so as long as we consistently work hard and try and improve our performances, that will keep us in good stead on the table,” Slater said.
“That’s the main thing this time of the year, you can’t really focus on where you sit and where you want to finish and all that stuff.
“It’s just about processes and making sure you’re improving each week and hopefully hitting your straps at the right time.”
The Dragons have had a new lease of life under new coach Paul McGregor, winning two of their last three games. The Melbourne number one is wary of the challenge ahead despite the odds favouring the Storm.
“They started the season really well. They were playing some great football and although they wouldn’t like where they’re sitting on the table they’ve got the opportunity to change that,” he said.
“That’s what is dangerous about them and they’ve got some pretty talented players in their side.”
Slater was pleased with his performance in the side’s 46-20 victory over Parramatta, but was quick to praise his teammates.
“It’s up there you know, I think everyone played really well and that in turn helped me perform well—but I thought the boys the week before played really good against the Titans and then we backed that performance up against the Eels with a really strong team performance,” he said.
“Like I said before I thought everyone played their role particularly well.”