NRL 2020: Trent Merrin could backflip on Leeds return as Dragons come knocking again, report
The St. George Illawarra Dragons have renewed their interest in Trent Merrin, in a move that could be part of a dramatic player merry-go-round. © Provided by Sporting NewsAccording to a Sydney Morning Herald report, the Dragons have reopened talks with the former Origin and Australian representative, after showing interest earlier in the year.However, Merrin, who was part of the Dragons' 2010 premiership-winning side, will need a few more dominos to fall if he is to secure the move back home. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Trent Merrin could make a shock return to St George Illawarra next season as part of a three-way player transfer. The Dragons are again in negotiations with Merrin about a potential homecoming, just weeks after Leeds publicly stated he would be remaining at the English club.
It comes just a month after Merrin 's current club Leeds Rhinos announced the 31-year-old would be returning for the 2020 Super League season, and the second year of his four-year "He had our full support in doing this, but we knew there was also a strong part of him that wanted to come back .
Veteran forward Trent Merrin has returned to the Dragons, signing a two-year deal to remain at the club until at least 2021.
The now 30-year-old spent seven seasons with the Red V, including the 2010 premiership win against Sydney Roosters.
The shock signing comes days after the Herald revealed the club was in negotiations about a three-way player transfer that would see St George Illawarra release Luciano Leilua to take up a three-year deal with Wests Tigers.
Draogns director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward confirmed that Merrin would be taking Leilua's spot, with the 23-year-old granted a release from the final year of his contract on Saturday.
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Trent Merrin returns on compassionate leave, but Dragons deny interest. Trent Merrin has returned to Australia, but not to the Dragons . The 29-year-old left the NRL late last year after being granted a release from the final two years of his deal at Penrith to sign a four-year contract in England.
Former NSW forward Trent Merrin has returned to Sydney from the English Super League on compassionate leave but a mooted reunion with St George Illawarra is yet to be sealed. Merrin has been strongly linked with the Dragons but it is understood they will make no move for him until after
"Trent could've jumped like a kangaroo all the way back to Australia he's that excited to come back to the Dragons," Millward said.
"Trent has indicated to the club several times over the past 12 months that he'd love to come home; an opportunity for this has since come up after the club granted Luciano his requested release.
"Luciano indicated he wouldn't be renewing his contract with the Dragons beyond the 2020 season. As a result we'll be able to do multiple things as far as overall recruitment is concerned with Luciano's money."
The signing of Merrin was officially made possible with the Rhinos also confirming on Saturday they had secured the signature of ex-Cronulla prop Matt Prior.
Merrin played 13 Origins for NSW and seven Tests for Australia in his 11-year first-grade career.
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Trent Merrin . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In 2008, Merrin played for the Dragons under-20s team in the Toyota Cup, scoring two tries for the season. He was a prominent squad member of the 2010 premiership-winning Dragons team, and came from the bench to play in 2010 NRL Grand
"Trent brings plenty of experience to the Dragons' forward pack and is someone who is really passionate and can't wait to put the Red V back on," Millward said.
"We expect everyone to step up and improve vastly on their performances from last year."
"Trent will be a player who will hit the ground running straight away. He's a confident player who will be very good around the group as far as his demeanour is concerned."
On Tuesday, Dragons players said they would welcome back Merrin with open arms if the deal could be negotiated.
"I think that'd be great for the club if there's a spot for him," said captaincy candidate Cameron McInnes when informed of the prospect. "I never got to meet him, like I played against him. But from what I hear from the boys he is a great fella, first and foremost, and he loves the club as well, he loves the Dragons.
"He actually has a house down near where I live near Shellharbour so I know he's big in the area, and I'm sure you know he would want to come back and win."
Recent Dragons addition Issac Luke, drafted in to bolster the club’s depth at hooker, believes Merrin could potentially play a role depending on Jack de Belin’s future.
"That would be unreal but I mean, you've got Jack de Belin there, you've got some good players in that position as well so I mean would he fit?" Luke said. "Every leader, every person adds a different attitude which is beneficial."
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St George Illawarra recruit Trent Merrin has vowed to take a selfless approach to help return the Dragons to NRL glory.The 30-year-old forward returns to the Dragons from Leeds, older and wiser, four years after he left his junior club for Penrith.