Zach Merrett was selected with pick 26 in the 2013 National Draft. A highly rated junior, Merrett wasted no time making an impact at the Bombers, debuting in Round 1, 2014, playing 20 games for the year and collecting a Rising Star Nomination along the way.
After another solid season in 2015, Merrett was promoted to the Essendon Leadership Group ahead of the 2016 season, and if he hadn’t already convinced the AFL world he was a genuine star in the making, his 2016 season put it beyond doubt. Merrett collected 657 possessions over the season, the most ever recorded by a Bomber’s player in one year. He went on to win the club Best and Fairest, and captained his side in the last few games of the season.
In 2017 Merrett was named Vice-Captain of the Bombers, and continued his fine form from the previous year. He picked up his first selection in the All-Australian side, and in 2018 played his 100th game after barely missing a game since his debut. The classy midfielder will be one of the key players and leaders at Essendon for many years to come, as he looks to add to his already illustrious career.