Slept in ... Nathan Merritt.

Slept in ... Nathan Merritt. Photo: Getty Images

South Sydney star Nathan Merritt has been dropped for Friday night's Charity Shield clash with St George Illawarra after reportedly sleeping in and missing training on Thursday.

Merritt may line-up for North Sydney in Saturday's NSW Cup trial against Illawarra Cutters at TG Milner Field.

It is understood Rabbitohs players decided that Merritt should be stood down from the side at a meeting on Friday.

Justin Hunt is expected to take his place on the wing for the match against the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.