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Merrett gaining confidence

Staff Writers  March 26, 2013 10:36 AM

BTV: Essendon Insider - March 25, 2013 Essendon Insider catches up with young gun Jackson Merrett to discuss Friday nigh's Round 1 win over Adelaide.
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After the first game I have a lot more confidence heading into this season, I feel more relaxed and have got the game plan down pat.
Essendon forward Jackson Merrett says he is beginning to feel more confident in his game following his second match at AFL level on Friday night.

In just his second season at the top level the 20-year-old starred in the Bomber’s 35-point Round 1 win collecting 16 disposals as he showed his class and poise across the half forward line.

“After the first game I have a lot more confidence heading into this season, I feel more relaxed and have got the game plan down pat,” Merrett said.

“I am feeling much more confident and just able to go out there and play footy.

“It was a great win to be part of, all the boys were fired up with everything that has been happening over the last six weeks.”

He played a key role in ensuring the ball remained locked into the Dons forward line alongside debutant Nick Kommer and veteran Alwyn Davey.

Merrett finished the game with 5 score involvements and 4 goal assists proving an important cog in the club’s forward line set up.

“Being a smaller forward pressure is one of the keys,” he said.

“Along with Nick and Alwyn I think we did a pretty good job at locking the ball in there to give us a chance to kick some goals.”

Despite an impressive first up performance on Friday night Merrett is well aware of the challenge he faces in trying to keep his spot in the side with the club likely to have every player on its list available for selection in Round 2.

“I think I need to just try and play my role each week whether that be at AFL or VFL level.”

“That is the key that I try and improve but also remain as consistent as possible.

“I just need to try and keep putting my hand up for selection and play my role.”