When Trent Merritt came back from a hamstring injury last month he was still playing for the Broncos and had a few minutes of his trademark attacking football in front of goal.
He made no mistake about it, though, and the Eagles were now looking forward to him getting some time on the pitch.
“Hopefully we can get a result and see if we can pick up the momentum going into the weekend.” “
After the game, the Eagles head coach, Trent Robinson, made the most of his side’s recent form, telling the media: “The fact they got the win is good. “
Hopefully we can get a result and see if we can pick up the momentum going into the weekend.”
After the game, the Eagles head coach, Trent Robinson, made the most of his side’s recent form, telling the media: “The fact they got the win is good.
He’s a young player, he needs time to adjust, but he’s got to learn quickly.” “
That’s why we wanted to pick Trent up.
He’s a young player, he needs time to adjust, but he’s got to learn quickly.”
And so he did, spending some time in the VFL, working with a young group of players, as well as getting to grips with the speed of the game and the game in general.
With the injury to Ryan James (quad) and the absence of Josh Hill (hamstring) for the first time since last year, Merriff will need to play a bigger role in the team’s new formation if they are to build on the form that saw them beat the Roosters on Saturday.
“He’s got a big part to play,” Robinson said of Merrills first half.
“Trent’s been playing some really good football for us, he’s playing well in the back line and he’s getting into the midfield more, so he’ll play a big role.”
But there are questions to be answered about how he will fare in the game.
Merriffs previous form has been fairly consistent, but there has been a notable dip in form over the past few months.
The first time he missed a game was in Round 19 last year and he played just eight minutes.
It’s not the first setback Merrids has had with injury in his career, with his knee injury in round one of the 2016 season the first of which came just two weeks before his first game back in the NRL.
But the 26-year-old has had plenty of time to work through the pain, as his knee has been able to recover more quickly than expected and he now has a full complement of specialist medical support, including physiotherapist David Wylie.
He said Merrifers recent form was the most consistent he has had in his life.
“There are some big games that I have missed over the years and there’s a few games that just haven’t gone my way,” Merris said.
He said it would be interesting to see how he does with the ball, given he has not been able play in a game this year, despite playing over 50 per cent of his NRL appearances. “
My knee hasn’t really been the problem in the past but it hasn’t been all the time that it needs to be.”
He said it would be interesting to see how he does with the ball, given he has not been able play in a game this year, despite playing over 50 per cent of his NRL appearances.
Merrillis was named the player of the week after leading the Roos to a 23-10 win over the Storm, while his teammates also finished the game with a collective score of 18 points.
Robinson said Merrilli had a “good game”, but admitted he was disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to make a big impact on the scoreboard.
“The ball is in the corner, he has got it, he is on top of the ball,” Robinson told the club’s website.
Merrillis said he would be hoping to get a “real good run” out of the new season. “
With a little bit of work he’ll be a good player, and he’ll do a lot for us.”
Merrillis said he would be hoping to get a “real good run” out of the new season.
“Once we get a few more games under our belt we’ll have a better idea what we’re capable of,” he said.
Merriests next match is against the Sydney Roostings, who will be without their top-four leader, Josh McGuire (hamilton), for the rest of the season.
The Eagles are also without two players for the Kangaroos, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Ben Hannant, with Ben Hunt ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring strain.
He joins former Storm players Nathan Peats and Brett Morris, who is also out of contract at the end of the year.