Fremantle Dockers midfielder Andy Brayshaw added to six-man leadership group for 2021 | Ralph Lauren

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Fremantle midfielder Andy Brayshaw has replaced Joel Hamling in the Dockers’ six-man leadership group for this year.

The 21-year-old, who is viewed as a potential future captain, finished equal third in the club’s 2020 fairest and best after a break-out season.

Nat Fyfe will remain captain for a fifth season, while David Mundy, Michael Walters, Alex Pearce and Reece Conca remain.

Remarkably, it’s Mundy’s 12th year in a purple leadership position.

Brayshaw has played 56 matches for the Dockers since being taken with pick two in the 2017 draft.

“I’m very humbled,” Brayshaw said.

“It’s a peer voted group, so I’m pretty stoked that the lads voted me in there.

“We’ve got a pretty young group and I’ve spent a fair bit of time with them and I think their votes might have counted a bit.

Nate Fyfe and Andrew Brayshaw.
Camera IconNate Fyfe and Andrew Brayshaw. Credit: Fremantle FC

“I feel I’m a good bridge between some of those older and more experienced boys and some of those younger guys coming through. I’m very happy to have been voted in.

“I think I’m in a very fortunate situation where I’ve had a fair bit of experience in my first three years at the club.

“I think moving forward, the boys are trusting me a bit more to lead on the field and direct them off field as well.”

Brayshaw said he’s excited to work alongside Fyfe, who he believes is evolving as a leader every year.

“He keeps wanting to improve and has been taking a lot of young blokes under his wing and trying to help where he can,” Brayshaw said.

“I’m sure he’s going to build on that again and, hopefully, steer us in the right direction to some finals.”

Brayshaw is currently contracted at Fremantle until at least the end of 2025 and has been touted at Fyfe’s likely successor when the time comes.

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