Merrin - I will not abandon Leeds
Leeds Rhinos second-row forward Trent Merrin has denied he is looking to leave the club after a disastrous start to life in England.
The former Australia international joined the Rhinos at the end of 2018 and he was expected to stand out as one of the club's marquee signings.
However, the 29-year-old has not enjoyed the best of starts, with Leeds currently rock bottom of the Super League table.
Leeds have lost seven of their first eight games and Merrin's former Penrith teammate Reagen Campbell Gillard claimed he was homesick and struggling when he spoke to the Australian press.
However, Merrin has played down those reports and claims he is ready for the challenge of trying to get the Rhinos season up and running.
"It was always going to be a challenge to come to a different country and get used to new things," he told reporters.
"But that's what I came here for, to step out of my comfort zone, to try something new and come into a new group.
"You've got to go through tough times to realise what sort of a person you are and I'm not turning my back on this team."
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