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Q&A with Rising Star Zach Merrett

Essendon young gun Zach Merrett has been named the Rising Star nominee for Round 11 following his impressive 22-disposal, two goal performance against Richmond on Saturday.

Merrett – whose older brother Jackson also plays for the Bombers – has played seven of a possible 10 matches this season, averaging 13 disposals, three marks and three tackles per game as a half forward.

Earlier this season Merrett told Jason Winderlich had been a fantastic influence; earlier today, Merrett touched on the impact Paul Chapman has had on his career to date.

“Paul Chapman’s been very good this year, for me,” Merrett said.

“He’s helped me a lot and has pointed me in the right direction. Hopefully I can learn as much off him as I can, and he’ll be a good help.”

Watch the full interview below.

Zach Merrett is eligible for this year’s 22under22 side. Will you be voting for him in your final side? Let us know in the comment box below.

Q&A with Zach Merrett

Which junior club did you play for?

Cobden Football Netball Club

Who did you barrack for before you were drafted?


Who was your favourite player?

Scott Pendlebury

Do you have any hidden talents?


What do you most like to do away from football?

Socialise with friends and family

Greatest influence on your career to date?


Person you’d most like to meet?

Michael Clarke

Greatest non-football achievement?

Melbourne Grammar School Prefect

If I wasn’t a footballer, I’d be…

trying to play cricket

I love football because…

it’s a team sport and super competitive

Read more about Zach Merrett’s journey to Essendon here