Video – New coach Dave Furner confirms Leeds Rhinos interest in Australian Trent Merrin

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NEW Leeds Rhinos coach Dave Furner says the club is in talks with Australia prop Trent Merrin but no deal has yet been completed.

Furner was unveiled to the media on Tuesday morning having just flown in from Sydney.

New Leeds Rhinos head coach David Furner, left, and director of rugby Kevin Sinfield.' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

New Leeds Rhinos head coach David Furner, left, and director of rugby Kevin Sinfield.' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Leeds have already recruited Tonga star Konrad Hurrell from the NRL as a ‘marquee’ signing and director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said today they do hope to announce a second ‘marquee’ player.

New South Wales State of Origin star Merrin, 29, remains at Penrith Panthers but speculation has been rife that a deal will be done to bring him to Emerald Headingley.

Furner said: “There’s interest. And I think there’s interest on both sides. But there’s no contract been signed - though there’s obviously been talks.

“We’re looking at bringing in world-class players if we can. That’s our aim. Probably two to help those kids come through.

We’re looking at bringing in world-class players if we can. That’s our aim. Probably two to help those kids come through.

Leeds Rhinos’ head coach, Dave Furner

“There’s some great players here coming through the Academy as you saw with them getting to the Academy final against Wigan.

“I’m looking forward to getting going. It’s been five years since I was last a head coach and I can’t wait to get going, meet the players and get to know them.”

New Leeds Rhinos head coach David Furner, left, was today unveiled at a press conference at Headingley alongside director of rugby Kevin Sinfield. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

New Leeds Rhinos head coach David Furner, left, was today unveiled at a press conference at Headingley alongside director of rugby Kevin Sinfield. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.