Merrett pledges Bombers future
Essendon have been handed a huge boost with the news Zach Merrett has no intention of requesting a trade during the off-season and is committed to the Bombers.
Essendon have to deal with the fact that Joe Daniher, Adam Saad and Orazio Fantasia have all asked to leave, so news of Merrett's commitment will give the whole club a lift.
There has been no shortage of interest in Merrett, but he only has eyes for the Bombers and is convinced they can soon turn around their fortunes despite a disappointing 2020.
They won just one of their last 10 games, prompting star players to think about their future, not so Merrett, who will be with club in 2021.
"I'll be playing at Essendon next year. That's as clear as it will be," he told AFL.com.au. "I'm very much committed to playing at Essendon next year and I'm confident that with the players we've got and the coaches we've got at the moment we can turn it around reasonably quickly and get back up the ladder."
Merrett will have another decision to make at some point as he becomes a free agent in 2021, but he is not looking that far ahead and is focused on the here and now.
"I honestly haven't thought that far ahead. I need time, I'm still reflecting on this year and I'm just keen to get into the next pre-season," he said.
"It was an indifferent year which required a bit of perspective on society as well as footy. The guys go out with 'Saady' and Joey but hopefully we bring in some more talent as well that will be able to cover those spots and hopefully move us up the ladder going forward."
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