NRL winger could be on the move after being dumped to reserve grade.
Speculation is mounting that former star winger Nathan Merritt could be out of favour with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and he looks at his options for the 2015 NRL season onwards.
Off contract at the end of the season,Merritt was dumped to NSW Cup last weekend by coach Michael McGuire.
Playing in North Sydney’s loss to Wentworthville, Merritt did not show any signs of being upset at not playing in the top grade, starring in the losing side.
His level of play credence to the fact he could still be valuable to the right NRL side with the Parramatta Eels said to be interested in what he is worth in the open-market.
Despite being one of the most prolific try-scorers in recent seasons not just for the Rabbitohs but in the NRL, Merritt’s flaws in his game have been highlighted by some of the juniors coming through the system at Redfern.
Alex Johnston looms as a first grade option for the rest of the season, and Merritt, who is prone to defensive lapses in marking up properly out wide, looks to be on the outer.
Eels coach Brad Arthur taking a more flamboyant approach to his side’s structure, Merritt’s finishing ability would be a welcome addition to a relatively inexperienced backline.
Merritt’s relationship with reformed halfback Chris Sandow could be another telling point in a possible switch.