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. He then moved with his family in his early teens from Sydney to the Illawarra and continued playing junior rugby league with the Shellharbour Sharks.
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 in 2015 he led the Prime Minister's XIII in their 2015 clash with Papua New Guinea as Captain, followed by playing in the World NRL All Stars team in 2016.
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 and Clubperson of the Year Award in 2017.
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.
Penrith Panthers Club Person of the Year
Australian Kangaroos ANZAC Test Winners
Penrith Panthers Player of the Year - Merv Cartwright Medal
Australian Kangaroos Four Nations Championship
World NRL All Stars
Prime Ministers XIII PNG (C)
St George Illawarra Dragons Player of the Year
NSW Blues State of Origin Representative
NSW Country Representative
St George Illawarra Dragons World Cup Challenge Championship
St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Premiership
St George Illawarra Dragons Toyota Cup Team of the Year
St George Illawarra Dragons Toyota Cup Player of the Year