NRL beckons for Merrin
Leeds Rhinos marquee signing Trent Merrin is ready to walk out on the club and return down under, according to reports in Australia.
The 29-year-old joined the Rhinos at the start of the season, after more than 200 games in the NRL, signing a four-year deal with the former treble winners but has returned home on compassionate leave.
He has never appeared to settle in at Headingley though and his displays have been less than convincing, with fans of the club questioning whether he is worth his marquee wages.
Reports surfaced about four weeks ago that he was unhappy and could not settle but the player himself came out and said that was not the case and that he was enjoying his time with the club.
Reports over the weekend says he has returned home and will sign for St George Illawarra Dragons in the near future as a ready-made replacement for the suspended Jack de Belin and the injured Tyson Frizell, although Rhinos CEO Gary Hetherington expects Merrin to return at the end of the week.
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