Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that captain Trent Merrin will return to the club in 2020.
Leeds coach Richard Agar had previously revealed that the club had granted Merrin permission to speak to NRL clubs about a return down under on compassionate grounds.
However, the 30-year-old will now return at the start of November to begin the second season of his four-year deal.
Leeds Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield told the Rhinos’ website: “During last season Trent had to return home to Australia for some personal family reasons and given those issues at the end of the season we gave him the opportunity to look to see if he could source a deal with a club closer to home. He had our full support in doing this, but we knew there was also a strong part of him that wanted to come back.
“I spoke with him this morning and he confirmed that he would be returning to the Rhinos and we are delighted about the news and he will be back for the start of pre-season at the beginning of November.
“His performances on the field were outstanding for us last season. He is looking forward to getting back and is raring to go again.”