Trent Merrin

Does the NRL need an off-season trade period?

The NRL season starts in three days and all we keep hearing about is the protracted contract sagas played out between the game’s in-demand stars and clubs across the competition.

So isn’t it time the NRL stepped in to put an end to it?

Merrin has now signed to join Penrith on a three-year deal starting next season but there’s plenty of Dragons fans who’d rather see the back of him now.

How can we expect Dragons fans to turn up every week and support their team when it involves getting behind Trent Merrin who they know they’ll be cheering against next year?