SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Trent Merrin of the Dragons takes a break during the round seven NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at WIN Jubilee Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra have denied interest in bringing Leeds' Trent Merrin back to the club, reports SBS.

After being granted leave from the Rhinos to return to Australia for family reasons on Monday, whispers began circulating that the former Dragon and Panther was keen on an NRL comeback.

Merrin would be the perfect replacement for Jack de Belin, who will have his final court hearing on April 16.

However, former Panthers teammate Reagan Campbell-Gillard has revealed that Merrin has no intentions of rejoining the league after speaking with him.

Campbell-Gillard said the pull of a longer-term deal was what attracted him to Leeds in the first place.

"Obviously he was trying to get another club here to pick him up but that offer from Leeds was obviously something couldn't turn down," Campbell-Gillard told SBS. 

"It's a different lifestyle. He probably didn't want to do it on those types of terms but rugby league, it's a bloody competition and it's a business.

"It's one of those things you just have to cop and move on from it."

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington sad Merrin will return to England by the end of the week.

"He's had to go back to Sydney following a tragic bereavement but he'll be back by the weekend," he told Sky Sports.



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  2. Inglis to retire, Turner the new centre😂🤣😆😁😆🤣😂, Merrin to the souffffffths Transit Lounge Bench💪🐔👍🎱

  3. Why do these guys bother signing contracts? Feel sorry for the poms. How many Aussie players go over, and quit after a year? He will probably end up at the God’s waiting room (Gold Coast).

  4. We could but there is no position available for him at the mighty Sydney Roosters. We have been having a look at Penrith Juniors with Phil Gould as a scout for Nick Politis, But even Gould said don’t waste your time there. nothing any good out in the chocolate solider country. Gould insists they have won only two comps in 52 years with the biggest junior representation in the world. Totally hopeless. Soufffths juniors are worse with one comp in 48 years.😂😂😂😂😂😂😁😆🤣😂😂.

    Unlike the Roosters development programme for young talent who are attracted to our club from all over the world to be coached by the best into NRL Superstars. Its a lot like how Holmes has to work hard in their development programme to become a New York Jet. That’s the same concept the professionally run organisation is at the Sydney Roosters. Recent successful Young development Rooster recruits who debut for the Roosters as NRL players and have graduated with a premiership are Tupou, Mitchell, Manu, Radley, Aubusson, Friend, Cordner, Liu, theres eight just to name a few.
    The bottom line is Alexander the great, is Merrin wouldn’t make our first grade squad😂😂😂😂😂💪🐔👍

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