Leeds Rhinos captain Trent Merrin gives club a massive lift

Leeds Rhinos captain Trent Merrin. (PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe/JPIMedia)
Leeds Rhinos captain Trent Merrin. (PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe/JPIMedia)
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CAPTAIN Trent Merrin has handed Leeds Rhinos a huge boost by confirming he will play on for them in 2020.

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The former Australia international proved an influential player in his debut season at Emerald Headingley after joining as a ‘marquee’ player from Penrith Panthers on a four-year deal.

Loose forward Merrin, 30, made 28 appearances and was made captain in June.

However, the ex-New South Wales State of Origin star was given permission to seek a new club at the end of the season on “compassionate grounds.”

Leeds gave Merrin a deadline to secure an NRL club but Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield today confirmed he is heading back to Emerald Headingley.

“During last season Trent had to return home to Australia for some personal family reasons and given those issues at the end of the season we gave him the opportunity to look to see if he could source a deal with a club closer to home,” said Sinfield.

“He had our full support in doing this, but we knew there was also a strong part of him that wanted to come back.

“I spoke with him this morning and he confirmed that he would be returning to the Rhinos and we are delighted about the news and he will be back for the start of pre-season at the beginning of November.

“His performances on the field were outstanding for us last season. He is looking forward to getting back and is raring to go again.”