Just a week ago, he was staying at the Penrith Panthers. Today, Trent Merrin will join the Leeds Rhinos.
The representative prop will join the Super League club on a four-year deal.
A premiership winner with the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2010, Merrin is a player Leeds are excited to sign.
“We are delighted to have signed Trent and look forward to welcoming him to the Rhinos club,” said Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield.
“He is an international class forward who was a regular last season for Penrith Panthers in the NRL. ”
Sinfield went on to praise Merrin’s leadership, experience and knows he will become a valuable piece to the side.
“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,” the former Leeds player continued.
“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.”
Merrin also drew praise from Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould, who gave him a glowing endorsement.
“Trent Merrin has given our club three years of outstanding service, both on and off the field,” said Gould.
“Panthers played finals football in each of the three seasons he spent at the club.”
Gould wished Merrin all the best with his new side.
“Apart from the tremendous football he has played, Trent has been instrumental in mentoring the careers of a number of our young players,” continued Gould.
We wish Trent well with his new challenge in the English Super League. Leeds has secured itself a very good man.”
As for the man himself, his goals in the NRL are complete and he felt ready to take on a new challenge.
“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,” said Merrin.
“It is good to have clarity about my future, I am looking forward to coming to a new country, stepping outside of my comfort zone and being part of something special with Leeds.”
Although his NRL journey is over, there is plenty he has his sights set on and he wants to start on the right foot.
“There is a lot I still want to achieve. I want to put my best foot forward and, when I eventually come back home, I want to be able to look back on a special period in my life,” continued the prop.
“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.”