Melbourne hoping for clues to clear

Melbourne is hoping to unearth a TV angle that will allow star fullback Billy Slater to escape a third suspension this year.

Slater was hit with a grade one striking charge from Saturday's 46-4 thumping of the Wests Tigers after he dropped his forearm into the head of opposing fullback Shannon McDonnell. As Slater has already served two suspensions this season, he will be sidelined for two matches whether he takes an early guilty plea or is unsuccessful in challenging the charge at the judiciary.

Storm football manager Dean Lance has contacted an NRL judiciary official in the hope of obtaining additional TV footage of the incident that could help exonerate Slater.