Merrin linked with exit
Trent Merrin, a Leeds Rhinos marquee signing in the close season, could be on his way back to the NRL at the end of his first year.
Leeds made extensive changes to their squad in the summer but the new players have not yet gelled together, and now reports claim prop forward Merrin is struggling to settle in the UK and wants an early return to Australia.
St George Illawarra Dragons may have the need for a new man up top and they are said to be ready to make a move to sign Merrin in time for the 2020 season.
he signed a four-year deal at Headingley when he joined in the close season but, having arrived at Leeds from Penrith for big money prior to this season, the former Kangaroos international has struggled for form under new head coach David Furner.
The Rhinos sit joint-bottom of the Super League table with just one win from six matches.
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