Trent Merrin is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as Lock.

Merrin originally played junior rugby league with Marrickville RSL while living in Sydenham. Merrin then moved with his family in his early teens from Sydney to the Illawarra. He then continued playing junior rugby league with the Shellharbour Sharks. Merrin claims another Shellharbour legend, Australian representative Luke Bailey, was "one of [his] idols growing up".

In 2008, Merrin played for the St George Illawarra Dragons under 20's team in the Toyota Cup, scoring two tries for the season. He was selected as the Dragons' Toyota Cup Player of the Year in 2008 and Team of the Year.

In 2009 he made his first grade debut for the Dragons and was a prominent squad member of the 2010 NRL Grand Final winning team and 2011 World Cup Challenge.

In 2011, he was selected as a part of the New South Wales Blues Team for State of Origin, playing his first game in the 2011 State of Origin series. He was then selected as a representative player for the team for consecutive years from 2011 - 2015.

Merrin was selected a representative player for NSW Country from 2011 - 2013 in the City VS Country Origin series, and World NRL All Stars team in 2016.

On 26 September 2015, he led the Prime Minister's XIII in their 2015 clash with Papua New Guinea as Captain.

Merrin signed a 3 year contract with the Penrith Panthers, starting in 2016 where he found his best form in his career so far, and has recently extended his stay at the foot of the mountains until the end of 2020. He was awarded the Merv Cartwright Player of the Year Honour in 2016.

He also represented the Australian Kangaroos National Rugby League Team in 2016 for the Championship winning Australian Kangaroos Four Nations squad, saying this is the highlight of his career so far. He was then selected for the winning 2017 ANZAC Test team to face New Zealand on 5th May 2017.


DOB                    7 October 1989

Height                182cm

Weight               104kg

Position             Lock



Penrith Panthers Club Person of the Year


Australian Kangaroos ANZAC Test Winners



Merv Cartwright Medal

Penrith Panthers Player of the Year



Rugby League Four Nations Championship Winners

Australian Kangaroos


Penrith Panthers Signing


World NRL All Stars


Prime Ministers XIII Captain - Papua New Guinea


 St George Illawarra Dragons Player of the Year


State Of Origin – New South Wales Blues


 NSW Country


World Cup Challenge Winners

St George Illawarra Dragons


NRL Premiers - St George Illawarra Dragons


First Grade Debut - St George Illawarra Dragons


Toyota Cup - Player of the Year


Junior Club Shellharbour Sharks




Australian Kangaroos

7 Games

1 Try

New South Wales Blues

13 Games

1 Try

NSW Country

3 Games

World NRL All Stars

3 Games




Penrith Panthers

St George Illawarra Dragons

46 Games

133 Games

6 Tries

12 Tries