Former NSW forward Trent Merrin has returned to Sydney from the English Super League on compassionate leave, with a NRL return likely on the cards.
Despite denials over the past two weeks, The 29-year-old is set to quit English club Leeds and return to the NRL.
The Leeds Rhinos sit at the bottom of the Super League ladder, having recorded just two wins after 10 rounds. Just months into a multi-million dollar deal with Leeds Rhino, it is understood he is in talked to return to his old club the Dragons.
A Dragons junior, the 29-year-old Merrin played over 130 games for the Big Red V between 2009 and 2015. It is believed the Dragons see Merrin as a ready made replacement for suspended forward Jack de Belin.
His former Panthers teammate Reagan Campbell-Gillard recently hinted on radio that the big forward had not settled in well at Leeds.
“I think he’s pretty much homesick,” Campbell-Gillard said.
“Their team is not going too well. Mez is a competitor and doesn’t like losing.