Zach was selected by Essendon at pick 26 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. The brother of Essendon’s Jackson, Merrett bears several of the same characteristics as the Bomber half-forward, bringing an elite burst of pace, classy ball use and a dose of X-factor. A star junior cricketer, he hails from Cobden on the Murray River, making his senior Cobden debut at 16. Zac received the most votes in the TAC Cup Coaches award and was consistent for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. He made his debut against North Melbourne in Round 1, 2014.
Merrett has made a sensational start to his AFL career – playing 59 games across his first three seasons in the AFL. After a terrific 2015 which saw Zach finish 5th in the Best and Fairest, he took all before him in 2016 winning his first Best and Fairest award and being unlucky to not be named as part of the All Australian squad. Zach captained the side late in the season to further demonstrate his fantastic leadership qualities.
A star in the making, Merrett showed his commitment to the club by signing for a further three seasons to tie him to the club until the end of the 2021 season.