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Craig Bellamy announced this morning at his weekly media conference that Billy Slater has withdrawn from Friday night's game against the Panthers at AAMI Park.

Billy unexpectedly flew to Cairns this week for a serious family illness.

As planned, the Club will pay tribute to Billy and Ryan Hoffman at tomorrow night's game along with the other departing players.

The Club's pre-game blackout show and tribute commences at 7.40pm

Bellamy will finalise his 19-man squad at 8pm tonight.

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.