Daniel Merrett

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Daniel Merrett
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Merrett
Nickname(s) Big Sause, Strawbs, Rodge
Date of birth (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Original team Southport (QAFL)
Draft #30, 2002 National Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height/Weight 195cm / 103kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Number 21
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Brisbane Lions 171 (69)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 23, 2014 season.

Daniel Merrett (born 12 December 1984 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League and fullback for Brisbane Lions.

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.

He was recruited by the Brisbane Lions with the number 30 draft pick in the 2002 AFL Draft but took several years to develop sufficiently to make his debut in Round 2, 2005 against Port Adelaide.

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.

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