|Full name||Daniel Merrett|
|Nickname(s)||Big Sause, Strawbs, Rodge|
|Date of birth||12 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Original team||Southport (QAFL)|
|Draft||#30, 2002 National Draft, Brisbane Lions|
|Height/Weight||195cm / 103kg|
|Current club||Brisbane Lions|
|2005–||Brisbane Lions||171 (69)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 23, 2014 season.
Merrett was born in Adelaide, but moved to the Gold Coast with his family at a young age. A talented schoolboy rugby player for Benowa State High School. In an under 13 grand final between St Michael's Carrara College and Benowa High School in 1997, young Daniel had fate handed to him. In an ill-timed tackle, he smashed his head on the knee of the great St Michael's second rower, Nicholas Braid. He got 8 stitches in his head as a result of this mishap.
He was identified as a potential Australian rules footballer by AFL Queensland junior development scouts due to his imposing frame and ball-handling skills, and was groomed as a key forward with the Southport Sharks.
Daniel Merrett is well known for his trade mark spoils and his long handball. He is often compared to Brisbane Lions champion Justin Leppitsch.
He is no relation to former Essendon and Brisbane full forward Roger Merrett even though he does have a son named Daniel.
Daniel Merrett used to play as a full forward, centre half forward or half forward flank in his early career but now he regularly plays as a fullback. He was the defender with the most spoils in the 2007 season.
- Daniel Merrett's profile on the official website of the Brisbane Lions
- Daniel Merrett's statistics from AFL Tables
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