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Sharks prop Matt Prior is set for an immediate switch to Super League club Leeds Rhinos in a move that would allow Trent Merrin to return to the Dragons.

To accommodate the return of Merrin, who finished last season as the Leeds captain, to his junior club, St George Illawarra are expected to release young forward Luciano Leilua to the Wests Tigers on a multi-year deal.

Merrin has previously played 133 matches for the Dragons, 13 for NSW, and 7 appearances for the Kangaroos.

Prior, 32, has a year to go on his Cronulla contract but the dual premiership winner’s departure would relieve the salary cap pressure on the club.

Sharks coach John Morris told early on Wednesday afternoon that nothing was official yet.

“It’s obviously knowledge that there’s an offer out there for him but nothing is confirmed from Matt or his management at this stage,” Morris said.

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