Leeds Rhinos have completed the marquee signing of Australia Test forward Trent Merrin from Penrith Panthers. The Rhinos have beaten a number of top-ranked NRL sides to the forward’s signature and he has signed a four-year deal at Headingley, becoming the second marquee signing of the close season after the arrival of Konrad Hurrell.
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The New South Wales state of origin winner has been capped seven times by the world champions and becomes Leeds’ fifth new signing of the close season, joining half backs Tui Lolohea and Callum McLelland along with centre Hurrell and prop Dom Crosby.
Commenting on the signing, director of rugby Kevin Sinfield told the club’s website: “We are delighted to have signed Trent and look forward to welcoming him to the Rhinos club.
“He is an international-class forward who was a regular last season for Penrith Panthers in the NRL. He has an outstanding reputation in Australia for his leadership within a group and is someone who has played for a decade at the highest level of the game. “He will complement our current group of forwards and is another indication of the ambition of the club to move forward into a new exciting era.”