We are delighted to have Thorold Merrett as a our presenter next Monday.  The name Thorold  Merrett will be well known to most of the older generation of footy followers as a champion of the Collingwood Football Club.

From the Victorian country town Cobden, Thorold was a small footballer who was a keen Richmond fan who wanted to play league football for the Tigers.

At 16 years of age, Thorold was rejected by Richmond legend Jack Dyer because of his light frame, but he was given another opportunity at Collingwood in 1950. It was initially thought by followers and players that he would be 'killed' because of his size (168 cm, 59 kg).

He made his debut for Collingwood in 1950. At the age of 16 he was one of the youngest players in the VFL. Thorold played as a wingman and won respect for the accuracy and speed of his stab kick. He became one of the best players in the competition despite his unusually small stature for a league footballer. In 1953, Thorold  celebrated the premiership with the Magpies, when he was one of the best players in the Grand Final.

In years that followed, Thorold performed consistently and he continued to be regarded as one of the best kicks in the league, as well as one of the best wingmen. He played in three losing Grand Finals in 1952, 1955 and 1956. In 1958, Thorold changed roles to become a rover, and it succeeded. He won the club Best and Fairest and the Pies also won the 1958 flag, with Thorold named best on ground. In 1959, he again starred as a rover, winning a second consecutive Copeland Trophy, and finishing in the top 10 in the Brownlow Medal for a third time.

A second broken leg in 1960 saw Thorold miss most of the season and, due to doubts about the strength of his leg (the bone had not knitted perfectly), aged 26, he retired. He played 180 games in 11 seasons and kicked 148 goals. He was also a dual Best and Fairest and premiership player, and Victorian representative on seven occasions.

He was a regular panelist on the ABC's Football Round-up, which he and other panelists discussed the Saturday round of VFL football.

In 1997 he was included in the Collingwood Football Club Hall of Fame and Team of the Century, on the wing.

After football Thorold joined with cricketer Lindsay Hassett in the Merrett Hassett Sport Store chain and in the 1990's he founded Rebel Sports store