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The entire rugby league world wants to see Billy Slater back on the field but Cooper Cronk believes the man himself is the only one who can make that call.

There were hopes Slater would make his comeback this Friday night for the Club’s season opener against the Bulldogs.

However Craig Bellamy ruled the superstar out of the game, with the wait to go on for a least a couple more weeks.

Slater has been in full training for several weeks now and it is only a matter of time before the 33-year-old pulls on his No.1 purple jersey again.

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Cronk wants to see his great mate back out there as much as anyone but knows all good things must wait.

“The excitement is one thing, the other thing is that there is no pressure whatsoever,” Cronk said.

“I’ve said this a number of times, Billy will forge his own path, his own destiny this year and the Club and the playing group are right behind him. He will make that decision when he best sees fit but it is just great to see him back out on the training paddock.

“The way that he trains, the way that he influences training sessions, from my personal point of view it won’t be too far away. He is doing everything possible to play.

“Fingers, toes and every hair follicle will be crossed that he can be an integral part of our football team this year.”

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