With most clubs now back in Pre season training the merry go round of transfers continues as one super league clubs has announced another major additions to their squads this week.
With new coach Dave Furner now on board, Leeds Rhino’s have continued to re build their team after what was a poor season for the former Super League Champions. Only weeks after announcing that former New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans centre Konrad Hurrell would be joining his Tongan international team mate Tui Lolohea at Headingly. They have possibly gone one better with the addition of former Kangaroo and New South Wales Loose forward Trent Merrin on a four year deal from Penrith Panthers.
The 29 year old was experience of winning the NRL grand final with St George in 2010 and has since played seven times for the Kangaroo’s including being part of the team that won the 2014 Four Nations title, scoring a decisive try in the final.
Speaking to the Leeds Rhino’s club website Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said
“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.”
While Merrin who is a regular in the starting line up at Penrith Panthers and helped them to a play off place last season explained his reasons for choosing to move to West Yorkshire stating;
“I have done everything I possibly could in the NRL and this is a great opportunity for me to come to a great club with a fantastic culture and hopefully achieve some goals together,” Merrin said.
“I have spent time with Dave Furner in camp before and enjoyed the experience. He is obviously well respected at Leeds from his time there as a player and has built an impressive coaching career in the NRL since then.”
The addition of Merrin, now makes Leeds recruitment up to five with former Castleford teenager Callum McLelland returning from a short stint with the Scottish Rugby Union and news that former Warrington prop forward Dom Crosby has agreed to stay full time after a successful loan period from Warrington Wolves at the back end of last season.