Early in the season Merrin was playing 40+, even 50+ minutes. From around round 18 he was playing less and less minutes, culminating in him playing the least minutes in our 2 final games - finals. In the elimination final vs sharks, he played 20 minutes for 6metres post contact. You can put your faith in Johns if you like, but he is not at our club & the numbers speak for themselves. Even a rookie coach like CC took the decision to not use Merrin, one of his highest paid players, as he had better options, one of which we don’t have any more, as he has gone to the dogs.
It’s all up to Merrin now. He either comes out all guns ablazing, or he should have taken the cash at Leeds. With RCG & Tamou, & Jack and Moses set for big seasons in our big boys rotation, it will be a challenge for him. I hope he can get back his mojo.