Merrett goes 150 games for the Lions
LIONS' swingman Daniel Merrett cannot wait to celebrate his 150th AFL game against Richmond at the MCG on Saturday.
He just hopes the tribute he will receive in the changerooms before the game doesn't upset coach Michael Voss.
Merrett explained that for each milestone game, the player selected the music to go with some footage of their career highlights, with the package played in the rooms to inspire the team.
"I had AC/DC songs for my 50th and 100th games, but this time I've chosen Jump Around by the House of Pain ... I'm not sure what Vossy will think of it," Merrett said.
No doubt the coach, under pressure to retain his job beyond this season, will not care, provided the result replicates what happened in Merrett's 100th game.
Like they will against Richmond, the Lions went into that clash against West Coast at Subiaco as rank underdogs. But a five-goal haul from skipper Jonathan Brown saw Brisbane spring one of the upsets of the season, beating the Eagles by five points.
Merrett, taken by the Lions at pick 30 in the 2002 national draft, said he was thrilled to reach game 150, a milestone that carries life membership of the club.
"I'm pretty proud of that, being a Queensland boy," the 28-year-old said. "Hopefully I've got a few years left yet."
If Brisbane is to produce another upset on Saturday, it won't be Brown who walks off as the hero.
The captain tore the plantar fascia ligament in his left foot in Saturday night's 31-point win over St Kilda at the Gabba, with Merrett the man most likely to provide the key target up forward against the Tigers.
"Browny is a massive loss ... you never want to lose your skipper," Merrett said.
"I certainly won't be the sole focus. We've got Brent Staker, and Stefan Martin has been back playing in the reserves after his injury so he could be in the mix. Plus we'll rely on our mids kicking a few goals."
While the Lions are in 12th place with four matches remaining, and look to have only a remote chance of playing finals footy, their cause could be boosted significantly if fifth-placed Essendon loses points as a result of the ASADA drugs investigation.
That scenario, however, was not something that was on the players minds, Merrett said.
"I think everyone is over it a bit. It's not something that's being spoken about among the players," he said.
"Everyone just wants a result."