Leeds Rhinos marquee signing Trent Merrin back in Australia on compassionate grounds

Leeds Rhinos forward Trent Merrin has returned home to Australia on compassionate leave following a family bereavement.

Trent Merrin. PIC: Tony Johnson

Merrin joined Rhinos from Penrith Panthers in the off-season as a marquee player and is ever-present so far.

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Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington confirmed he is expected back in Leeds at the end of this week.

Leeds Rhinos chief executive, Gary Hetherington. PIC: James Hardisty
Leeds Rhinos' Trent Merrin in action last week against Hull KR. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire