Daniel Merrett

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Daniel Merrett
Daniel Merrett 19.03.17.jpg
Merrett in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Merrett
Nickname(s) Big Sauce, Strawbs, Rodge
Date of birth (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Original team(s) Southport (QAFL)
Draft No. 30, 2002 national draft
Height / weight 195 cm / 103 kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
(women's backline coach)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2016 Brisbane Lions 200 (70)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel Merrett (born 12 December 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL).

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,[1] 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.

Merrett is well known for his spoils and long handballs.

In August 2016, he announced he would retire from the AFL at the end of the season.[2]

He is often compared to Brisbane Lions champion Justin Leppitsch.[citation needed]

Positions[edit]

Merrett in December 2008

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.

Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Brisbane Lions 21 15 13 9 48 43 91 40 19 0.9 0.6 3.2 2.9 6.1 2.7 1.3
2006 Brisbane Lions 21 9 3 3 28 31 59 25 18 0.3 0.3 3.1 3.4 6.6 2.8 2.0
2007 Brisbane Lions 21 22 0 0 110 90 200 89 27 0.0 0.0 5.0 4.1 9.1 4.0 1.2
2008 Brisbane Lions 21 22 0 0 101 102 203 83 28 0.0 0.0 4.6 4.6 9.2 3.8 1.3
2009 Brisbane Lions 21 19 1 0 100 115 215 82 26 0.1 0.0 5.3 6.1 11.3 4.3 1.4
2010 Brisbane Lions 21 16 0 0 93 84 177 78 40 0.0 0.0 5.8 5.3 11.1 4.9 2.5
2011 Brisbane Lions 21 10 0 0 88 57 145 54 22 0.0 0.0 8.8 5.7 14.5 5.4 2.2
2012 Brisbane Lions 21 22 26 13 191 100 291 113 63 1.2 0.6 8.7 4.5 13.2 5.1 2.9
2013 Brisbane Lions 21 17 14 8 131 78 209 84 28 0.8 0.5 7.7 4.6 12.3 4.9 1.6
2014 Brisbane Lions 21 19 12 8 105 78 183 71 24 0.6 0.4 5.5 4.1 9.6 3.7 1.3
2015 Brisbane Lions 21 10 0 0 69 42 111 52 9 0.0 0.0 6.9 4.2 11.1 5.2 0.9
2016 Brisbane Lions 21 19 1 0 96 76 172 57 32 0.1 0.0 5.1 4.0 9.1 3.0 1.7
Career 200 70 41 1160 896 2056 828 336 0.4 0.2 5.8 4.5 10.3 4.1 1.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blucher, Peter (24 August 2016). "Dan Merrett: 200 over and out". AFL Queensland. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Niall, Jake (16 August 2016). "Brisbane Lions defender Daniel Merrett announces his retirement from AFL". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Merrett Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

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