Ex-Leeds Rhinos skipper Trent Merrin announces retirement - 'game has outgrown me' says Aussie forward after quitting St George-Illawarra Dragons

Former Leeds Rhinos captain Trent Merrin has announced his retirement.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:18 am
Trent Merrin in action for Rhinos against St Helens in 2019. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The 31-year-old forward scored four tries in 28 games for Leeds two years ago and was appointed skipper midway through the season, after Kallum Watkins left the club.

The ex-Australia and New South Wales star joined Rhinos from Penrith Panthers on a one-year deal, but was linked with a return to the NRL throughout his time at Leeds.

He was released in November, 2019, on compassionate grounds and returned to the NRL with St George-Illawarra Dragons.

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Merrin told St George’s website: "I'm very happy to be able to finish my career on my own terms.

“This was a decision where I had to be true to myself.

“I have outgrown the game and the game has outgrown me, although my appreciation for rugby league will never die.”

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin said Merrin will be “sorely missed throughout the playing group".

He insisted: “Trent has accomplished everything there is to do in rugby league and leaves behind a great legacy as a premiership winner with St George Illawarra."

St George’s general manager of football Ben Haran said: "Everyone at the Dragons is really supportive of Trent's decision.

“He is a player and person of the highest character and quality and must be congratulated for an outstanding career."

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