Panthers CEO Justin Pascoe has today confirmed that St. George-Illawarra forward Trent Merrin has accepted an offer to join the Panthers for the next three seasons.
“Trent is an outstanding footballer and person and will add enormous experience and value to our existing squad and also our young forwards coming through our pathway program.
“We are extremely honoured that Trent has chosen to join our organisation in 2016 for three years and it gives us a great amount of satisfaction that all the work we are doing on and off the field is proving to be attractive to those outside the organisation” says Mr Pascoe.
Executive General Manager Rugby League, Phil Gould, says Merrin is a welcome addition to the Panthers team.
"We are absolutely delighted to confirm Trent Merrin will be joining the Panthers for the next three seasons. This is one of the most significant player signings this club has made in its 49 year history.
“Trent has been part of a Premiership winning team and already achieved 10 State of Origin appearances for NSW. At 25 years of age we believe Trent is about to enter the prime time of his playing career with his best football still in front of him. Apart from his obvious playing talents, Trent brings valuable experience and leadership qualities to Panthers. We are very excited about this signing"
Out of respect to the St. George-Illawarra club and its fans, Panthers will be making no further comment on this matter until Trent officially joins our club in November 2015.