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.