Brayshaw not fussed by presence of perpetrator Gaff

“If he has the ball, I’m going to do what I’d do if anyone else has the ball and I think he would do the same.”

The no.2 pick in 2017’s national draft said on Wednesday he was physically fully fit again and the last mental hurdle was also cleared after playing in Fremantle’s first pre-season match of 2019 last Monday against Collingwood.

Andrew Brayshaw clashes with brother Angus during a match last year.Credit:AAP

“Even just the first few contests, going up against guys who aren’t your teammates (boosted my confidence),” Brayshaw said.

“Everything is checked off now and I felt really good and really confident out there.

“I couldn’t have been happier with the way I went about it, and looking forward to this weekend.”


Brayshaw has spoken to the media several times in recent months of the physical and mental pain he has overcome and said it was the club and coach Ross Lyon who requested he front the media on Wednesday to again discuss the Gaff incident.

“If he wants me to do it (the press conference), I will,” Brayshaw said.

“I’ve been as open as I can with the media about this sort of stuff … hopefully now everyone knows my point.”

When asked if there would be a pre-game handshake with Gaff to please the crowd, Brayshaw said he would not go out of his way to do it.

“I shake hands with every opponent that I play on to wish them good luck for the game,” he said.

“If I start on [him] I’d probably like to, and I’m sure he’d probably want to do something similar.

“But if I’m starting off or he’s starting off it might not happen.

“We’ll definitely get in touch post-game and wish each other luck for the rest of the year I think.”

The brother of Melbourne star Angus said the Dockers would benefit from playing last year’s two grand finalists in the pre-season.

David writes about sports and lifestyle for WAtoday.

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