Slater still no certainty for Storm return

John Salvado

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says star fullback Billy Slater remains a "50-50" prospect to return from a hamstring injury for Sunday's NRL clash against Newcastle.

Slater, 34, has not played since being forced out of Queensland's team for the opening State of Origin clash in Melbourne, won 22-12 by NSW.

"I wouldn't say we're confident and I wouldn't say we're not confident either - I suppose it's a 50-50 thing at the moment and it's been that way for a couple of weeks," Bellamy said on Thursday.