About Merv

Former Australian Football League star Mervyn (Merv) Keane was born in 1953 — a farm boy from Wycheproof in the north west of Victoria, Australia. He is one of eight siblings—each of whom ventured into the world and followed their own dreams. Merv married Kaye (nee Herd) in 1979 and they had three beautiful children together—Joel, Emily and Zac. Sadly, Kaye and Emily died in tragic circumstances in 2017.


Merv excelled in the AFL, carving for himself a very successful career in the sport through playing, coaching and later recruiting. He played 238 games for the Richmond Football Club from 1971 to 1984 and competed in three premierships. He was positioned mainly in the defensive half although he did play midfield in Richmond’s 1980 premiership win. Merv received great recognition at Richmond being selected in the Richmond Team of the Century, accepted into the Richmond Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Richmond Life Membership.


In 2019 after completing 48 years of continuous service to the football industry, he was awarded AFL Life Membership. Having retired from the AFL in 2018, Merv is now spending his time writing books in addition to working with major hospitals developing programs around welfare and wellbeing for junior doctors. 


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‘If the ultimate mark of a human is to leave a positive legacy beyond their own existence, then Scott Field has achieved as much in death as life. A truly unique and talismanic figure, Field’s complexities, gifts and accomplishments are brilliantly illustrated in Playing with the Field by Merv Keane, a man hewn from similarly rare cloth. This is a passionate and unvarnished insight into the rarest of characters.’


Walkley Award-winning Herald Sun sports journalist

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