Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw wants to be the next Dockers captain, saying it’s something he has “definitely dreamed about” since arriving at the club.

Brayshaw, who’s on a long-term deal until at least the end of 2025, said he is focused on winning the club an inaugural premiership.

The young mid has played 79 games for the Dockers since being drafted from Victoria with pick two in the 2017 draft.

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“Yeah it’s something I’ve definitely dreamed about,” he said, when asked by AFL360 co-host Mark Robinson if he’d want to be captain one day.

“Freo have never won the premiership so, you know I want to be a part of that first team that does it.

“It’s something that every day when I walk into the club, that’s what my goal is.

“Whether that’s as captain or whether it’s just as one of the 22 that runs out onto the field, I want to be a part of it.”

Andrew Brayshaw hands debutant Neil Erasmus his jumper. Picture: Will RussellSource: Getty Images

Brayshaw said knowing the club was yet to win a premiership was a big motivating factor.

“We’re a very hungry group. We’ve been deprived of finals and success for a while so hopefully it’s not too far around the corner,” he said.

Brayshaw is enjoying a stellar start to the 2022 season, stepping up in the absence of injured captain Nat Fyfe and Covid-sidelined teammate David Mundy.

Currently sitting third in the AFLCA coaches award behind Patrick Cripps and Christian Petracca, Brayshaw said he was enjoying the added responsibility.

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“Obviously one of my good mates Adam Cerra leaving definitely hurt,” he admitted.

“He was an absolute gun and he’s showing that for Carlton at the moment.

“But it happens every year players leave and players move on. I’ve stepped up into a bit more of a leadership role.

“Blokes are sort of starting to look more toward me when it comes to game day.”

Brayshaw’s captaincy admission comes as doubt continues to rage over whether dual Brownlow Medallist Fyfe can return to his best, or return at all.

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Fyfe’s 2021 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that flared during the pre-season. He then injured his knee and recently underwent surgery on his back that’s set to sideline him for at least six weeks.

But Fyfe has refused to give in to the doubters, saying the critics only add to motivate him.

“At moments of vulnerability it cuts deep, and it feels like you’re lacking support, you doubt yourself,” he said on 7NEWS.

“But most of the time, 98 per cent of the time, I absolutely love it because I just grab it and use alchemy to turn it into something that motivates me to get back into preparing and get back to my best.

“So for anyone out there who’s considering speculating on ending my career, please, by all means, go your hardest.”



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