Merrett will become one of the club’s youngest ever captains at just 20 years and 316 days.
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He is in his third season at Essendon and has played 56 games since his debut 2014.
Merrett has enjoyed a stellar season, ranked No.1 at Essendon for disposals, tackles, inside 50s, clearacnes, contested possessions and uncontested possessions.
He is also ranked No.5 in the league for uncontested possessions, No.6 for inside 50s and eight for tackles.