BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Trent Merrin of the Panthers looks to pass during the round 19 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on July 20, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Penrith Director Greg Alexander has today confirmed that Trent Merrin has been approached by Leeds and is deciding whether or not to take the offer and play in the Super League.

Alexander confirms that it is a big contract being offered by Leeds.

“Trent’s been offered a contract at Leeds and it’s a substantial contract,” Alexander told the club’s website.

Penrith have told Merrin that the are more than happy for him to take the offer and are leaving it all up to him.

“Penrith have said if you want to take that offer, that is your decision,” he added.

“I know Trent has a couple of years at the club but if he does decide to leave we will miss him.”

What ever Merrin does Alexander wishes him all the best as Leeds are a dominant club in English rugby league.

“If he gets a four year deal at Leeds, which they are a great club in the English Super League, I’ll wish him well,” Alexander said.


  1. I think Merrin played his best footy at the Dragons. Slipped out of rep football now, and can’t see him getting back in. My prediction – he’ll sign a 4 year deal with Leeds, stay for one or two, then get ‘homesick’ and get an offer from the Storm, Raiders or Tigers.

    • I agree suechi.

      I can’t believe that Merrin was the best player Saints had when he left. How times have changed.

  2. That’s fine. He looked sad & a bit overweight last season.
    There are plenty of up & comers at the Panthers to take his place.
    Shaun Blore will eventually be the first grade lock.
    It will also open up the cap more for a couple of younger players at the Panthers. Maybe even for a new centre, to take Whare’s position?

  3. I think Trent can get back in some real form under Cleary. I hope he sticks around. He’s a good guy that always has a go…

    • I would agree about letting Tamou go, except for the couple of finals last season. Tamou looked good again in the finals & far better than in the regular season .
      Merrin played some prop, but had little impact & looked too small at prop. Rarely was his name mentioned as having a good game in any position.
      If he did go to Bennett asking about a contract at South’s , than its not a bad time for him to leave.
      He’s also 29 now , so not a bad time to give a younger player a go. If they don’t get a go in first grade, they will leave.

  4. No offence to Merrin, who I think would be a good pick up at any club needing a prop/lock, but I can’t help but wonder how much of the “Bennett interest” was a message to the Broncos and/or even to a few of the younger players at the Broncos.

    By that, at club level, there’s a coaching swap between te Broncos and Bunnies, and at coaching level, both coaches are committed to see their contracts out (in 2019).
    Nov 1, and Bennett is just getting on the front foot (doing his job) by sourcing the player market for 2020. I think that’s a pretty clear message, to both clubs, to do a swap, now.

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