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Captain Billy ready to lead

Billy Slater will captain Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career on Saturday night.

The superstar fullback will add the honour to his illustrious list of achievements when he leads his teammates onto AAMI Park against arch rivals Manly.

The elevation comes after Cameron Smith yesterday accepted an early plea from the NRL Judiciary which saw him receive a one-week suspension.

Slater is sure to fondly remember his 309th NRL games when he assumes the captaincy duties in Smith's absence.

"I have not done that yet in my career so it will be an honour," Slater told SEN Breakfast on Tuesday morning.

"Obviously I'd love to have Cameron out there, I have not played much footy without Cam but it is something to look forward to which I have not done before."

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.