Prior to that, however, Allsopp was a Victory star striker, scoring at will as he helped the club take out two A-League Championships.
There has been plenty of speculation about a Victory return for Allsopp, especially as the club is struggling to regularly find the back of the net, and now Merrick has said that signing the player is a definite possibility.
''I always keep in touch with overseas players, especially Danny, who has been a great servant to Melbourne Victory in the past. He's having a break and will make a decision on what he wants to do later,'' Merrick said.
''He plays a style of football we like and he is someone we will talk to. I am not clear yet whether he has definitely decided to come back to the A-League and Gary Cole [football operations manager] would have to look at the salary cap and a range of other things. We would love to have him back, but all I have said is that I can't do anything about that until January.
''I think we have got the players to do what we need, but I have never said I would not like Danny Allsopp.
“He's got to decide what he wants to do [although] I think the team I have got now is good enough to be in the finals.”