NRL.com Senior Reporter
Wed 21 Apr 2021, 04:43 PM
After playing his 250th top-grade match against the Warriors, Trent Merrin approached Saints coach Anthony Griffin and told him to give his pay and position to a younger player because he could no longer keep up with the speed of the game.
It was a selfless act by a player whose career highlight remains making his NRL debut for the Dragons in 2009 before going on to win a premiership with the club the following season and representing NSW in 13 Origins and Australia in seven Tests.
“I feel that the game is drifting away from myself so I’ll call it before it calls me,” Merrin said.
“With the way that Hook has got the team going and the feeling among the playing group that we have, I feel that I would be doing more damage than good so my salary and my position can go to one of the young guys coming through and give them that opportunity.”
“The speed of the game is a different level now but I am proud of my efforts".