When you know, you know, and for St George Illawarra Dragons prop Trent Merrin, he has made the call to retire immediately.

Merrin, who enjoyed two stints with the Dragons, played in 250 first-grade games across the NRL and the Super League.

His stints came with the Dragons, in addition to playing time with both the Penrith Panthers and the Leeds Rhinos.

It is rare that a player can end their career on their own terms but Merrin is pleased to have the opportunity to do so.

“I’m very happy to be able to finish my career on my own terms,” Merrin said.

“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.”

Merrin always had a goal to play first-grade for the Dragons and as a local junior, he will be grateful for the chances he received.

“My dream growing up was always to play for the Dragons, a club I have always held in high esteem,” Merrin continued.

“I have achieved everything my younger self ever wanted and that is something I’ll always be grateful for.”

Trent Merrin during his Penrith Panthers days

Merrin was also grateful to both the Panthers and to his family for the sacrifices they made for him.

“The time I spent at the Penrith Panthers, another prestigious club I hold close to my heart remains one of the proudest things I also had the pleasure of being part of,” continued Merrin.

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything I have without my family and the sacrifices they made.

“They, alongside my beautiful fiancĂ© and baby boy, have been there throughout the highs and lows of my career.”

In light of Merrin’s decision to retire, Dragons coach Anthony Griffin wished a player that he knows well moving forward.

“I had the privilege of coaching Trent across four seasons of his career. He’s a tremendous team man and will be sorely missed throughout the playing group,” Griffin said.

“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.”

Trent Merrin playing for the Leeds Rhinos



By ricky

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